AOPA Government and Technical Affairs staff raised issues of importance to general aviation pilots in a meeting today with Bill Peacock, FAA's newly appointed director of Air Traffic Services.
"Air traffic services directly touch every general aviation pilot," said Dennis Roberts, AOPA vice president and executive director of government and technical affairs. "From flight service stations to air traffic control, this part of the FAA has a daily impact on our lives."
AOPA talked to Peacock about such issues as improvements to flight service stations, access to special-use airspace such as military operations areas (MOAs), and ongoing capacity enhancement initiatives.
Administrator Jane F. Garvey named Peacock as the successor to Ronald E. Morgan, who is retiring after a 32-year career with the FAA. Peacock is responsible for managing the air traffic control and flight service station systems. He directs a workforce of 24,000 that includes 20,000 air traffic controllers. A graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Peacock is a private pilot with an instrument rating.