The FAA is seeking to improve the efficiency and safety of aircraft operations in the New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas by redesigning ATC procedures in a 31,000-square-mile swath of airspace that touches five states. And AOPA is working to make certain that GA airports remain accessible.
The FAA's Draft Environmental Impact Statement includes four alternatives, including one that would not change the existing airspace.
The other alternatives would turn a major westbound airway into two separate airways and create new departure headings for La Guardia, Newark Liberty International, and Philadelphia; redirect departures from Newark Liberty International over the Atlantic Ocean before turning on course; and create additional airspace to allow air traffic controllers to expedite the flow of traffic in and out of those metropolitan areas.
The FAA will offer 30 public workshops in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Connecticut from February through April. Once details have been confirmed, the meeting locations and schedule can be obtained by calling 866/347-5463 or on the FAA Web site. In addition, the FAA is planning to host a congressional workshop in mid-January.
AOPA members who cannot attend the meetings should file written comments before the June 1 deadline. Comments can be filed via e-mail or sent to:
Steve Kelley, FAA-Airspace Redesign
c/o Nessa Memberg
12005 Sunrise Valley Road
Reston, VA 20191.
January 5, 2006