The FAA recently announced that starting with the September 1 charting cycle, pilots flying IFR in Alaska will have 41 new area navigation routes to choose among - 33 low-altitude T-routes and eight high-altitude Q-routes (for operations above 18,000 feet). The routes were created to enhance the safety and efficiency of the airspace system in the state. The FAA also addressed several of AOPA's concerns about pilot and aircrew qualifications. These public routes will be charted on IFR en route charts and do not call for Special Aircraft and Aircrew Authorization Required (SAAAR) criteria. "This is another successful step in AOPA's ongoing efforts to use satellite navigation to give GA pilots better access to airports and airspace," said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs.
June 29, 2005