February 19, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
The FAA has proposed establishing two area navigation routes (T-routes) in the Washington, D.C., area under the agency’s Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (OAPM) program. Members are encouraged to review the notice of proposed rulemaking and submit comments by April 1.
The OAPM is a three-year effort under the NextGen modernization program to improve flight operation efficiency in metroplex areas across the country. Washington, D.C., was chosen as one of the first areas to participate in the OAPM process.
The proposal for establishing the Washington, D.C., T-routes includes input from the pilot community, and marks a first step toward implementing key benefits for general aviation operations in the D.C. metroplex airspace, AOPA said.
“The FAA listened to general aviation’s needs and suggestions, and is implementing some of those ideas with this proposal,” said Tom Kramer, AOPA manager of airspace and modernization. “AOPA participated in the OAPM process, and hopes the FAA will continue to implement solutions that benefit the general aviation community.”
Members may submit comments by April 1 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 identify FAA Docket No. FAA-2013-0081 and Airspace Docket No. 12-AEA-5 at the beginning of your comments.
Please 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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