A change to Atlanta's Class B airspace in October stemmed from claims by the Air Line Pilots Association that the floor of the airspace needed to be lowered to meet safety standards. Instead of following normal procedure by creating an ad hoc advisory committee and gathering input from all airspace users, the FAA simply made the change, lowering the floor from 6,000 feet to 5,000 feet. AOPA doesn't want that to establish a precedent allowing the airlines to claim a "safety violation" to take more airspace from general aviation. "AOPA understands and supports the need to analyze operations and ensure safety within the Class B airspace," wrote Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services, in a letter to the FAA. "However, the FAA's own policy details the process by which airspace designation and changes to the Class B airspace area are to be conducted."
December 1, 2006