October 24, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
An Air Force plan to establish a temporary military operations area in New Mexico would leave multiple sections of several IFR routes unusable while providing general aviation pilots with no way to acquire real-time information on the airspace’s activation, AOPA said in a regulatory filing.
Members are encouraged to review the Playas TMOA proposal that would support military exercise Angel Thunder from April 7 to 20, 2013, and submit comments to the FAA by Nov. 2.
AOPA pointed out in formal comments that the TMOA’s excessively low floor and high ceiling would leave sections of V66, V16, V198, and T-306 unusable, requiring pilots to circumnavigate much of the airspace during active periods, or seek less efficient routing.
AOPA also requested that times of use of the TMOA be reduced “to only what is needed for training purposes,” rather than the activation period’s more broad description in charted information.
Members are urged to consider the impact of the proposal on their flight operations and submit comments by Nov. 2 to Manager, Operations Support Group, AJV-C2, Airspace Study 12-ASW-19-NR, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137.
Please share your comments with AOPA.
Department of Transportation,
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
The FAA has alerted AOPA to a spike in airspace penetration and violations of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, particularly stemming from operations at Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Leesburg, Va.
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