AOPA wants Alaska members to be aware of two airspace proposals in the works. The first one would decommission the Bishop NDB and alter airways B-4, R-50, B-12, and G-7. It also would create a new airway, R-4. The FAA says the decommissioning needs to happen because the NDB sits along the banks of the Yukon River and the reception is poor. The second proposal would lower the floor of the Gulf of Alaska Low controlled airspace area to 700 feet msl. The floor of the Control 1487L Offshore airspace area would be lowered to 1,200 feet msl. The FAA wants to provide additional controlled airspace for IFR operations at Yakutat Airport. Comments on both proposals are due January 23.
December 23, 2005