September 3, 2013
By Benét J. Wilson
The FAA has issued a final rule to modify multiple airways in the Northeast due to the planned decommissioning of the Lake Henry VOR. The modifications, which go into effect on Oct. 17, should have little or no impact on general aviation flight operations.
This action modifies two jet routes, six VOR federal airways, and three area navigation routes; establishes six area navigation (RNAV) routes; and cancels two VOR federal airways in the Northeast United States.
Although AOPA did not oppose the notice of proposed rulemaking, the association did use the comment period to advocate for the establishment of a stakeholder committee to provide recommendations to the FAA on the airway modernization process. “As we transition to satellite-based navigation, Victor airways will become obsolete. We don’t want the FAA to simply swap out T-routes for Victor airways,” said Tom Kramer, AOPA’s manager of airspace and modernization. “That would be a lost opportunity to improve the access and efficiency that NextGen can offer.”
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The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act would allow pilots to use the driver’s license medical standard for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry fewer than five passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
The Civil Aviation Medical Association is objecting to the FAA's proposed sleep apnea policy, warning that the evidence doesn't justify the approach.
A House bill that would force FAA to go through the rulemaking process before imposing new policies for sleep disorders has passed a key committee.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.