October 4, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
With a new configuration for Salt Lake City (Utah) Class B airspace scheduled to take effect on Oct. 18, AOPA is urging pilots to become familiar with the airspace design and prepare for any changes it will require in their flight operations.
AOPA was actively involved throughout the Class B process for the airspace modification, and provided input to the FAA during public meetings and by submitting formal comments in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking.
The association reported on Aug. 23 that the FAA’s final rule amending the airspace design raises the Class B ceiling from 10,000 feet msl to 12,000 feet msl.
AOPA noted that the final rule contained some positive changes in response to public comments, and mitigated some general aviation concerns—but other adverse effects for general aviation, including the higher airspace ceiling, remained in the design.
“AOPA recommends that pilots become informed about the revised airspace design, and plan in advance for any operational changes that they may need to make as a result of the final rule,” said Melissa McCaffrey, AOPA senior government analyst.
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