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July 9, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
With the planned decommissioning of the Lake Henry VOR in Pennsylvania, the FAA is proposing modifications to several airways in the Northeast. The notice of proposed rulemaking is in the June 23 edition of the Federal Register.
The VOR decommissioning will require modifying several Victor airways to include T-route segments for those sections that had relied on the Lake Henry VOR. These new T-route segments will be based on a to-be-created GPS waypoint called LAAYK, which will be positioned almost exactly where the current Lake Henry VOR is located. And V-153 would be eliminated entirely due to pilots having alternative options and a low utilization rate.
AOPA continues to work with the FAA as it manages the transition away from ground-based navaids. “While we support the FAA’s efforts to retain the existing capacity through the overlay of T-routes, we would like to see the agency explore a more innovative approach,” said Tom Kramer, AOPA manager of airspace and modernization. “This is a great opportunity for the FAA to collaborate with stakeholders to optimize airway routes to improve access and efficiency. We do not want the FAA to simply start a wholesale conversion of Victor airways to T-routes.”
Members are being asked to comment on the notice of proposed rulemaking online, Docket No. 13-AEA-3. Also share a copy of the comments with AOPA. Comments are due by Aug. 12.
Wildfires were burning homes and triggering evacuations in eastern and central Washington state as officials responded with firefighting efforts staged from three state-run airports.
The committee for Santa Monicans For Open and Honest Development Decisions has received notification that a ballot measure on land use changes at Santa Monica Municipal Airport has officially qualified for the November 2014 ballot.
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told AOPA President Mark Baker that rulemaking prompted by a request to expand the driver’s license medical standard should be released for public comment soon during a visit to AOPA headquarters July 17.
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