Modifying airspace is a complex business and cannot be done properly without user input. Case in point, St. Louis Class B. The FAA is in the process of modifying the airspace in conjunction with commissioning a new runway at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, and user input is needed. The final rule is expected by April 2006. "We participated in the airspace ad hoc working group meetings in 2003 and 2004 and felt the entire process was a good example of how that process should work," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services. "The FAA and the Missouri Department of Transportation solicited user input to develop a design that addresses the needs of a diverse group of users, including general aviation." The group's suggestion were incorporated in the design, including AOPA's recommendation to keep the current 8,000-foot ceiling, instead of raising it to 10,000 feet. The FAA has scheduled public meetings for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 19 at Chester City Hall in Chesterfield, Missouri, and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 20 at the Holiday Inn-Collinsville in Collinsville, Illinois. For more information, contact Greg Barrett, 314/890-1040.
August 12, 2005