April 16, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
The FAA has published a final rule establishing two new low-altitude RNAV routes (T-routes) in Oregon to replace segments of a Victor airway that will be removed as a result of the planned decommissioning of the Portland, Ore., VOR/DME this year.
The new T-routes, designated T–302 and T–304, will be activated on June 27 between existing fixes with new waypoints added as described in the rule.
AOPA submitted comments in support of the action, which the FAA proposed on Jan. 22.
The FAA said establishing the new T-routes will enhance safety and efficiency and expand the use of RNAV in the National Airspace System, while providing continued en route navigation guidance in a portion of the Seattle Air Route Traffic Control Center’s airspace.
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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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