In what AOPA is concerned might become a bigger cost-cutting trend, the FAA has been soliciting comments on two separate studies to decommission the Providence (PVD) VOR at Theodore Francis Green State Airport in Rhode Island and the Bradley (BDL) VOR at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut. The Providence VOR sustains more than nine Victor airways and 12 approach procedures to local airports. Airways off of the VOR provide access to high-traffic general aviation areas such as Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. The Bradley VOR provides airways to Boston and New York. AOPA is opposing the decommissioning plan based on preliminary analysis and is requesting a 60-day extension to the comment period to further study the issue and give users more time to provide feedback. The comment period ended on February 23.
February 25, 2005