Airspace restrictions won't be coming to Frankfort, Kentucky - the state's capital - anytime soon. Former Kentucky governor and state Sen. Julian Carroll has dropped a measure that would have asked the FAA to examine flight paths to Frankfort's Capital City Airport and to restrict air traffic around the grounds of the state's capitol.
And that 180-degree turn is due in large part to AOPA members nationwide who contacted Carroll's office to express their opposition to the proposed airspace restrictions. AOPA also worked with Carroll to educate him about the security procedures already in place, like AOPA's Airport Watch.
"General aviation is important in Kentucky," said Roger Cohen, AOPA vice president of regional affairs. "And AOPA looks forward to continuing to work with Senator Carroll to support the progress of GA in the state."
Carroll originally cited security issues as justification for the restrictions, saying that terrorists might consider acts outside major cities. However, the senator later said his primary motivation for the proposal was to protect GA at Frankfort.
January 25, 2006