January 24, 2013
By Jim Moore
The proposed T-302 route would connect the CUKIS and CUPRI fixes (highlighted in magenta); T-304 would connect GLARA and HERBS (highlighted in yellow). Not for navigation.
The FAA has proposed creating a pair of new GPS-based (RNAV) T- routes to replace Victor airway segments that will be eliminated with the planned decommissioning of the Portland, Ore., VOR/DME in 2013.
A notice of proposed rulemaking details the proposed T-routes connecting existing navigation fixes south and east of Portland, extending toward Deschutes, Ore. T-302 would connect the existing CUKIS fix with the existing CUPRI fix; T-304 would roughly parallel T-302 to the south, connecting the existing GLARA fix with HERBS. Both CUPRI and HERBS are existing fixes on Victor 25, north of Deschutes.
Comments will be accepted online through March 8, and AOPA encourages members to voice their views and share a copy of comments submitted. AOPA will submit formal comments in support of the proposed new routes, which will preserve route options for GPS-equipped aircraft after the navaid is decommissioned.
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
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