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AOPA tells Army: No special-use airspaceAOPA tells Army: No special-use airspace

AOPA tells Army: No special-use airspace

By AOPA ePublishing staff

Creating special-use airspace (SUA) in high general aviation traffic areas won't work, AOPA has told the Department of Army.

The Army is considering adding 1,000 to 3,000 troops at 17 installations throughout the United States. The Army will likely request SUA to accommodate the increase in training requirements at six of those spots. This move is part of the Army Growth and Force Structure Realignment.

"The Army is giving AOPA and the pilot community ample notice of its plans," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic services. "This should make it easier to find a solution that will meet military and civilian needs."

The Army has indicated that creating SUA at six of the proposed locations would have a moderate impact on the current airspace.

AOPA believes SUA should not be added at installations that would cause more than a "low" impact on general aviation pilots.

The association warned the Army that any attempt to create SUA at Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; or White Sands Missile Range, N.M., would be met with scrutiny and resistance from AOPA and local pilots.

October 17, 2007

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