March 27, 2013
By Dan Namowitz
The FAA’s proposal to modify Class C airspace at Nashville International Airport in Tennessee lacks justification for expanding its surface area in the vicinity of a now-closed airport, AOPA said. Members are encouraged to review the airspace proposal and submit comments by April 1.
Enlargement of the surface area of the Class C airspace should be based on need—not to achieve a “standard” airspace configuration, AOPA said in formal comments submitted March 22.
Retaining the airspace as currently charted in the area of the closed Cornelia Fort Airpark would be preferable because it would allow “greater options for aircraft transitioning the BNA Class C while meeting the current need for Class C airspace around Nashville,” wrote Melissa McCaffrey, AOPA senior government analyst for air traffic services.
Members may comment on the proposal by April 1 online or by mail to U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. Please cite FAA Docket No. FAA–2013–0031 and Airspace Docket No. 12–AWA–7 at the beginning of your comments.
Please share your comments with AOPA.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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