September 27, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
AOPA is urging pilots who fly in the busy corridor around Anchorage, Alaska, to weigh in by Oct. 9 on an FAA proposal to establish Class D airspace at Bryant Army Air Field.
The proposal, which cites increased complexity and volume of air traffic, points out a need for an overall review of the busy airspace, in which numerous civilian and military airports and special-use airspace are situated, said Melissa McCaffrey, AOPA senior government analyst.
The goal should be airspace simplification, she said.
“In an already congested airspace area, AOPA is concerned that establishing of Class D airspace over Bryant Army Airfield would further compress air traffic,” she said
McCaffrey encouraged pilots to become familiar with the notice of proposed rulemaking and submit their comments to the FAA.
Members may submit comments by Oct. 9 online or by mail to U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Please cite FAA Docket No. FAA–2012–0433 and Airspace Docket No. 12–AAL–5, at the beginning of your comments.
Please also share your comments with AOPA.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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