The FAA has decided to remove 12 instrument approaches from its list of 270 instrument approach procedures it wants to cancel. That after AOPA pointed out that removing those approaches would have severe impacts on the airports they serve. In some cases, the proposed cancellation would have left the airport without any instrument approach.
And the FAA has agreed to extend the comment deadline for another 129 approach procedures. The agency agreed with AOPA that canceling these approaches might have a negative impact and is offering pilots more time to give them specifics. Pilots now have until July 7 to tell the FAA whether losing one of these procedures will affect their safe use of the airport.
"Local knowledge is important," said Randy Kenagy, AOPA senior director of advanced technology. "Only you know for sure if the approach still serves a useful purpose. So tell the FAA about it."
You can see the list of approaches here. Send your comments to National Flight Procedures Group, P.O. Box 25082, Oklahoma City, OK 73125.
May 25, 2006