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.
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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