In response to a request by the U.S. Air Force, the FAA is proposing to modify the Chippewa Military Operations Area (MOA) in western Michigan. The change would rename the area "Hersey MOA" and extend the MOA's northern boundary, while lowering the existing floor from 7,000 feet msl to 5,000 feet msl. Although the published hours of operation will change, the total number of hours for each week will remain the same.
While the change to this airspace is not dramatic, AOPA is urging the FAA to use all resources at its disposal to provide pilots with scheduling and real-time airspace information.
"Pilots should not have to guess when airspace is hot," commented Melissa Bailey, AOPA's vice president of air traffic and regulatory and certification policy. "Information is the key to maximizing GA's safe and efficient use of airspace."
Pilots who wish to provide written comments to the FAA Great Lakes Region may do so by May 31, 2002.