January 3, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
The FAA is weighing recommendations for enhancing the safety of flight operations at Pearson Field in Vancouver, Wash., and has agreed to include a vigorous public outreach effort in any procedural changes it might seek for the airport.
AOPA participated in discussions in December in which the FAA heard from airspace users and other stakeholders while examining arrival and departure procedures at the general aviation airport just northwest of Portland, Ore., International Airport.
In prior action, the FAA agreed to delay implementing an air traffic procedure it planned to have take effect at Pearson Field in October 2012. Withdrawing the air traffic procedure was in response to a letter from AOPA, involvement from several congressional inquiries, and input from local pilots requesting that the agency provide more notice and make more advance information available to pilots.
If the recommendations the FAA is now studying result in operational changes, the agency will pursue “a series of public outreach programs” to ensure that pilots have the information necessary to use the airspace safely, said Melissa McCaffrey, AOPA senior government analyst for air traffic services.
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.
AOPA and the Massachusetts Airport Management Association defeat an effort to cut $34 million from the Massachusetts transportation bond bill.
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