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Houston-area pilots’ help sought in NextGen planning

AOPA is asking pilots operating around Houston to help shape the introduction of enhanced procedures in their area by sharing their experience during an FAA airspace-optimization review.

The FAA, responding to industry recommendations urging a structured and systematic approach to introducing performance-based navigation as a key building block of NextGen airspace modernization, has launched optimization of airspace and procedures in key metropolitan areas. It recently kicked off an optimization review of Houston-area airspace.

“The FAA will review airspace and procedure optimization in metroplexes, the large geographic areas covering many airports, serving major metropolitan areas, and a diversity of aviation stakeholders. It will consider factors including safety, efficiency, capacity, access, and environmental considerations,” said Heidi Williams, AOPA senior director of airspace and modernization.

AOPA is participating in the FAA review of the Houston Metroplex area, to share input on how general aviation operations could be enhanced. As part of the review, the FAA will hold an informational meeting on June 1.

The association seeks the input of local pilots who fly in and around the Houston area, or transit the area during their flight operations.

Please email AOPA your suggestions for improving the airspace and service around the Houston airspace area. Do you experience routine delays arriving, departing, or transiting the airspace? Would RNAV departures or approaches into your airport be beneficial, or are there service enhancements that would lead to safer more efficient operations around the airspace area? Are the existing T-routes available to you when you file for them? Are you routinely routed around the Class B airspace?

Comments are requested before May 27 so that AOPA can present your concerns and input to the FAA at the June 1 meeting.

Dan Namowitz
Dan Namowitz
Dan Namowitz has been writing for AOPA in a variety of capacities since 1991. He has been a flight instructor since 1990 and is a 35-year AOPA member.
Topics: Advocacy

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