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Proposed N.C. MOA would limit flight over Outer Banks

Proposed N.C. MOA would limit flight over Outer Banks

AOPA opposes the Marines' proposed Core Military Operations Area (MOA) near the Outer Banks because it would squeeze general aviation into a narrow corridor.

"This proposal seems more like an airspace grab than a necessity," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services. "The Marines want the airspace for 16 hours a day simply because they plan to use the area for six minutes a day to transit from the coast to offshore alert and warning areas."

The Marines requested airspace from 3,000 feet msl to Flight Level 180 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Most pilots would avoid flying through the MOA during these times because of a lack of real-time status information.

This would force pilots flying over Cape Lookout National Seashore on the Outer Banks into a 1,000-foot corridor because they must stay at least 2,000 feet agl in that area.

AOPA has been working with the Marines to mitigate the effects of a Core MOA and recommends several alternatives.

  • Raise the floor of the MOA to 5,000 feet msl
  • Drop the MOA and establish a military training route or alert area
  • Institute a frequency and telephone number for pilots to obtain real-time status information on special-use airspace

AOPA members are encouraged to file comments on this proposal by January 31. Comments can be sent to: FAA, Eastern Service Center, System Support Group, AJO-2E2B.1, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, GA 30320.

January 11, 2007

Topics: Airspace

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