A proposed restricted area near Fort Sill, Oklahoma, would negatively impact general aviation, AOPA told the FAA. One of the last open VFR corridors would be closed, and the area would be shut off to GA pilots who use it to cross from east to west over the Wichita Mountains.
"The proposal indicates the restricted area is needed as an 'additional maneuvering area,' but that doesn't meet the FAA's minimums to constitute 'a hazard to nonparticipating aircraft,'" said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services. "While AOPA understands the Army's need to properly train, this proposed activity does not constitute a hazard or warrant a new restricted area."
December 22, 2005