The FAA is proposing expanding the Minneapolis Class B airspace, extending the lateral limits from 20 to 30 miles and increasing the ceiling from 8,000 to 10,000 feet msl. AOPA will oppose that expansion, contending that the FAA has not yet provided any compelling operational or safety reason for the expansion. It would unnecessarily restrict general aviation access to public airspace. Public user meetings will be held Tuesday, January 9, in St. Paul and Saturday, January 13, in Eden Prairie to discuss the proposed expansion. AOPA urges area pilots to participate. Without that input, the FAA won't get an accurate picture of how this proposed action would impact general aviation. A representative from AOPA's Government and Technical Affairs Division will attend the January 13 meeting.
December 28, 2000