FAA sets meetings on second try at Long Beach airspace plan
The FAA has scheduled two informal airspace meetings as it pursues an effort to establish Class C airspace for the now-Class D airspace in Long Beach, Calif. AOPA views the airspace change as a quick fix that should be incorporated into a full review of the airspace needs of all of Southern California, and encourages members to attend the meetings and submit comments to the FAA.
The meetings set for Oct. 25 and 26 mark a second round of informational sessions intended to help develop a design for the Class C airspace proposal. The FAA held a first round of meetings in June 2010, resulting in a design that narrowed options for pilots navigating to stay clear of the area, thus reducing safety.
“The new design is smaller and does mitigate some of the impacts of the previous design. However, the FAA still has not committed to a sweeping, full-scale review of the entire southern California area as requested by AOPA, local pilots, and other membership organizations,” said Tom Kramer, AOPA manager of air traffic services.
AOPA is reviewing the design and seeks input from local members as the association drafts its response to the proposal.
The informal airspace meetings will be held Oct. 25 and 26 from 6 until 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport, 2640 N. Lakewood Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90815. For more information call 562/597-4401.
Members are encouraged to submit comments in triplicate by Dec. 12 to John Warner, Operations Support Group, AJV–W2, Western Service Area, Air Traffic Organization, Federal Aviation Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, WA 98057.
Please also share your comments with AOPA.
September 1, 2011