AOPA is asking members in the Mid-Atlantic region to weigh in against a proposed radar tower that would affect the traffic pattern and instrument approach minima at Frederick Municipal Airport. The FAA wants to build a 122-foot-tall radar facility on a ridgeline one mile east of the airport. But the agency admits the tower would be a hazard to air navigation and that it could interfere with the nearby navigation aids such as Frederick's ILS transmitter. AOPA wants the FAA to either lower the tower or relocate it so that it isn't a hazard. Members can comment on the proposal by writing the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Airspace Branch, ASW-520, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137-0520. Reference Aeronautical Study No. 2006-AEA-611-OE.
June 9, 2006