The FAA is making progress on an AOPA-supported plan to modify the Los Angeles Class B airspace, a move that would benefit general aviation. A notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) published Thursday would decrease 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. AOPA is a proponent of the airspace user group strategy. The Southern California Airspace User Working Group has been providing input since early on in the process.
March 25, 2005