May 14, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
The FAA has published a final rule modifying the Nashville, Tenn., Class C airspace area despite AOPA’s view that the change was not needed or justified. The modified airspace configuration, which now aligns with the St. Louis VFR charting cycle, becomes effective June 27.
Under the modification, a cutout over the now-closed Cornelia Fort Airpark will be removed, restoring the surface area within a 5-nautical-mile radius of Nashville. The FAA appears to reclassify Class C airspace to a standard configuration, while providing no justification that the additional airspace grab is needed or justified.
Enlargement of the surface area of the Class C airspace should have been based on need—not to achieve a “standard” airspace configuration, AOPA said in formal comments submitted March 22, 2012.
The final rule will change the boundaries of Nashville’s Class C airspace area, so members should become familiar with the details of the final rule.
The movement to exempt thousands of general aviation pilots from the third class medical certification process is gaining momentum in Congress and the aviation community.
The recent warrantless stops and searches of law-abiding pilots on general aviation flights have drawn the attention of mainstream media.
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
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