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AOPA sees improvements in FAA's approach to redesigning LAX airspaceAOPA sees improvements in FAA's approach to redesigning LAX airspace

AOPA sees improvements in FAA's approach to redesigning LAX airspace

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As the FAA works to optimize the nation's terminal and en route airspace, officials in Los Angeles are seeing the benefits of involving airspace users early on in the process. For general aviation it means a net gain of about 100 square miles of airspace.

AOPA for many years has been part of the Southern California Airspace User Working Group, which provided key input so that modifications to the Los Angeles Class B airspace would benefit GA.

"AOPA has been a longtime proponent of having airspace user groups work with the FAA as the initiatives are in the development process," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic policy. "Not only are problems dealt with on the front end, but it means fewer surprises when the actual rulemaking document is published."

A notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) published on March 24 would decrease the Class B airspace to the northwest, south, and southeast. In all, the changes would reduce the amount of Class B airspace by about 100 square miles. The proposal would also extend the Class B eastward to better protect approaches to Los Angeles International Airport and make other minor modifications to make the Class B easier to navigate.

The FAA said the proposal would improve the flow of air traffic, enhance safety, and reduce the potential for midair collision for all users.

March 25, 2005

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