AOPA members and the association have another tool to help fight unfavorable airspace changes. Thanks to AOPA's protest, the FAA has deferred its attempt to exempt itself from environmental rules for airspace actions exceeding 90 days duration. And that means pilots can continue to use the review process mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to protest proposed changes that could prohibit or restrict them from flying in certain areas.
"We want our members to have as many opportunities as possible to protest airspace changes that could affect their flying," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services, "and the NEPA is another arrow in their quiver."
March 28, 2006