May 22, 2013
By Jim Moore
The FAA has issued a final rule that modifies seven Victor airways and two jet routes in conjunction with the decommissioning of a vortac in Jackson, Miss., and concurrent commissioning of the Magnolia Vortac at Bruce Campbell Field Airport in Madison, Miss.
The FAA solicited comments from pilots, and AOPA encouraged members to weigh in while providing the association’s own comments on the proposal issued in February. Careful study revealed there will be minimal impacts on operations: Because the navaid to be decommissioned is being replaced, the airway segments eliminated are redundant, and saw limited use when active; there are no changes to available altitudes, and only minor differences in route leg lengths will result.
The final rule takes effect Aug. 22.
AOPA monitors airspace actions and rule changes nationwide, working with members and the aviation community to identify and communicate to the FAA impacts on aircraft operations when applicable.
Environmental groups are asking the EPA to take another look at avgas even as a government-industry program moves closer to finding unleaded alternatives.
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.
AOPA and the Massachusetts Airport Management Association defeat an effort to cut $34 million from the Massachusetts transportation bond bill.
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