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AOPA opposes development threatening Pompano Beach (Florida) AirparkAOPA opposes development threatening Pompano Beach (Florida) Airpark

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Pompano Beach Airpark manager Steven Rocco (left) discusses proposed airspace changes with AOPA Regional Representative Nelson Rhodes.

AOPA is opposing a proposed 40-story high-rise development east of the Pompano Beach (Florida) Airpark (PMP) that would force the elimination of some instrument approach procedures and raise the minimums for others.

"Allowing this project to move forward will have a significant detrimental effect on airport operations and safety, not to mention reducing the airport's accessibility," said Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president for regional affairs.

In a meeting with airport manager Steven Rocco, Dunn and AOPA Regional Representative Nelson Rhodes conveyed the association's strong opposition to the proposed buildings.

In order to accommodate the development, the city has asked the FAA to approve a number of airspace changes at the airport. These include increasing the circling approach MDA to 760 feet (from 660 feet) for the localizer Runway 15 approach, canceling the existing GPS Runway 33 approach, and changing takeoff minimums for runways 15 and 10.

The airport is home to 158 aircraft and has nearly 170,000 operations each year.

"Pompano Airpark serves a vital role in the state's transportation system," said Dunn. "These proposed changes in the name of beach development simply are not acceptable nor in the best interest of the airport."

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