April 11, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
The FAA has extended the effective date of the current editions of the New York Sectional Chart, New York Terminal Area Chart, and Boston Terminal Area Chart. The charts will now expire on July 25. The extension could likely be the result of pending Class B airspace changes in Philadelphia, on which AOPA provided input in September 2012.
The charts, issued on Nov. 15, 2012, would have expired on their published expiration date of May 2. They are the eighty-sixth edition of the New York Sectional Chart; the eighty-fourth edition of the New York Terminal Area Chart; and the eighty-first edition of the Boston Terminal Area Chart. The succeeding editions will take effect on July 25 and will expire on Nov.14, the FAA said.
The FAA’s Aeronautical Navigation Products issued a safety alert notifying pilots of the changes and directing them to the Aeronautical Chart Bulletins section of the airport/facility directory for updates about major changes that have occurred since the last chart publication.
The new expiration date of the three charts coincides with the publication cycle for the adjoining Washington Sectional chart, which expires July 25. Since Philadelphia’s airspace overlaps the two charts, it makes sense that the FAA would initiate this delay to ensure both charts contain any final changes expected in Philadelphia.
AOPA has urged the FAA over the past year to synchronize airspace actions with the publication cycle of VFR navigation charts to assure that pilots have the most updated flight information.
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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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