AOPA opposes De Soto MOA expansion, urges alternative
There’s no need to expand the De Soto military operations area (MOA) when existing special-use airspace located nearby could support planned training, AOPA told the FAA and Air National Guard in formal comments filed March 24. AOPA urged the agencies to take advantage of existing off-shore warning areas for training activities rather than add new De Soto 3 and 4 MOAs to the De Soto Airspace Complex. “Using the warning areas, located less than 50 nm from the proposed MOAs, would virtually eliminate the impact on civil aviation and increase safety by reducing the chances that unauthorized aircraft would stray into the training zone,” explained Pete Lehmann, AOPA manager of air traffic services. As proposed, the new MOAs would affect traffic on Victor Route 70 and Victor Route 11, a key route between Mobile, Ala., and Jackson, Miss.
March 28, 2008