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T-routes coming to Jacksonville, FloridaT-routes coming to Jacksonville, Florida

T-routes coming to Jacksonville, Florida

The FAA has asked for comments on seven new proposed area navigation IFR terminal transition routes (RITTRs) through the Jacksonville, Florida, Class C airspace. This is a continuation of the effort that AOPA first asked for in 2000 to create low-altitude routes through busy airspace for GPS-equipped aircraft. These terminal routes can shorten travel distances for aircraft transitioning the area.

"In response to the AOPA request, a cooperative effort was launched involving the FAA, AOPA, and the Government/Industry Aeronautical Charting Forum," the FAA noted in the notice of proposed rulemaking.

"More than two years ago, we worked closely with the FAA's Southern Region and Jacksonville Center and Tracon to establish these routes," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services. "Previously, many en-route pilots found that they would be vectored around the Class C during peak traffic periods. Terminal routes allow controllers to more efficiently work traffic through the airspace, and that means more direct, money-saving routes for GA pilots."

T-routes are charted using GPS waypoints. Any aircraft equipped with an IFR-certified GPS receiver and filing "/G" can fly them. The first T-routes were established in the Charlotte, North Carolina, Class B. More are slated for other busy airspace such as Cincinnati. (See also " New RNAV procedures for instrument pilots.")

September 29, 2005

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