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January 30, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
UPDATE: AOPA's request for a 30-day comment extension to allow pilots more time to provide feedback has been granted. The new comment deadline is April 4.
The Army has scheduled two public meetings in February to identify issues for review in an environmental impact study of its future use of lands, ranges, and airspace at Fort Campbell, Ky.
The meetings will help identify the scope for analyzing five alternatives for the facility’s future use, the Army said in a notice of intent to draft a programmatic environmental impact statement.
Members are encouraged to participate in the scoping sessions and submit comments on any proposed expansion of special-use airspace that could affect general aviation flight operations in the vicinity of Fort Campbell. Existing special-use airspace associated with the military installation extends from Kentucky into Tennessee.
The public meetings have been scheduled for Feb. 11, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center, Liberty Park, 1190 Cumberland Drive, Clarksville, Tenn.; and on Feb. 12 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.at the James E. Bruce Convention Center, 303 Conference Center Drive, Hopkinsville, Ky.
Written comments may be submitted by Feb. 17 electronically or by mail to Gene Zirkle, NEPA/Wildlife Program Manager, Environmental Division, Building 2159 13th Street, Fort Campbell, KY 42223.
FAA Systems and Airspace,
Advocacy and Legislation,
AOPA is looking to the Michigan Senate for “refinement” of proposals amended unfavorably in last-minute House action.
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.