Military drops a bomb on New England pilots
It's critical that members have enough time to comment on proposals that affect the very airspace they operate in, especially when the military has surprises up its sleeve. AOPA nor local pilots were notified when the Air National Guard released a draft environmental assessment for changes to the Condor military operations areas (MOAs) in western Maine. That's why AOPA is formally requesting a 30-day comment extension to properly provide airspace users with time to comment. The current closing date for public comments is April 13. "AOPA is extremely displeased with this lack of notification on the part of the military and has reached out to the Air National Guard to ensure proper notification is received on all future airspace environmental actions," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services. The Air National Guard is proposing to modify the existing Condor 1 and 2 MOAs by combining the footprint of each into one large Condor High MOA from 7,000 to 18,000 feet msl. There would also be a low-altitude Condor Low from 500 feet agl to 6,999 feet msl, underlying the other MOA. See AOPA Online.
March 30, 2007