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.”
The general aviation avionics business generates some $2.4 billion in sales, spurring economic activity at hundreds of airports across the nation, according to a new report from the Aircraft Electronics Association.
AOPA is asking the newly confirmed head of Customs and Border Protection to investigate the ongoing stops of general aviation aircraft that are being made without probable cause or reasonable suspicion of illegal activity.
The National Park Service is weighing the future of one of California’s remaining backcountry airstrips in a land management plan.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.