As the FAA begins designing its new Midwest Airspace Plan and changes to the St. Louis Class B airspace, AOPA is in on the ground floor to protect general aviation interests. AOPA has been invited to sit on the Class B ad-hoc committee that will analyze and provide recommendations on the plan. In addition, the FAA will seek pilot input through several public "scoping" meetings in the area later this month.
In its initial phase, the Midwest Airspace Plan will address modifications to air traffic routings within a 75-nm radius of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. It will affect operations at Spirit of St. Louis, St. Louis Downtown, St. Louis Regional, and Scott AFB/Mid-America airports, as well as a number of other smaller GA airports.
The public meetings at which pilots may offer their input are scheduled for June 11, 2003, at the Holiday Inn in Collinsville, Ill.; June 17, 2003, at the Holiday Inn in Kirkwood, Mo.; June 18, 2003, at the St. Peters, Mo., City Hall; and June 19, 2003, at the Holiday Inn in Alton, Ill.
AOPA urges pilots in the area to attend one of the meetings to make sure the FAA has a clear understanding of the plan's impact on GA.
The FAA will accept formal comments on the scoping meetings until July 18, 2003.