February 19, 2014
By Dan Namowitz
The FAA will hold an informal briefing March 5 on the modification of the Class B airspace associated with Michigan’s Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. The session, to be held at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, is intended to help pilots become familiar with the new airspace configuration before it goes into effect April 3.
AOPA is encouraging pilots to attend the session, ask questions, and discuss their concerns with representatives of Detroit’s air traffic control facility. The FAA staffers will provide an overview of the new airspace and the radio frequencies assigned to entry and exit areas, discuss recommended flight routes through the airspace, and outline times when high volumes of commercial traffic may limit access to certain areas, according to the FAA’s invitation to pilot to attend the briefing.
AOPA provided input to the FAA during the airspace modification process, and has kept members informed on airspace-design issues and effective dates.
The session will be held March 5 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) conference room (third floor, Hangar 1) at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Mich.
"This informal briefing is a great opportunity for members to hear what the FAA has to say about the redesign and get their questions answered," said Melissa McCaffrey, AOPA senior government analyst for air traffic services.
AOPA is urging members to comment on a proposed establishment of an Air Force training complex.
A modified Dallas-Fort Worth Class B airspace area will go into effect March 6.
The FAA has set an April 3 effective date for nine new RNAV terminal routes (T-routes) in and around Atlanta's Class B airspace.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.