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Changes sought for Missouri restricted-area complex

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AOPA is urging pilots to review and submit comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would raise ceilings and make other changes to restricted areas within an airspace complex near Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Members may comment on the proposed changes to the airspace, located in close proximity to the Waynesville-St. Robert Regional Forney Field Airport, until Nov. 10 as provided below.

In the NPRM published in the Federal Register Sept. 25, the Army requested to raise ceilings in restricted area R-4501B to a uniform 4,300 feet msl. Ceilings in the restricted area are now 1,500 feet msl in the north and 2,200 feet msl in the south.

Language establishing exclusions to the boundaries of R-4501C, R-4501F, and R-4501H also has been proposed to prevent overlapping restricted areas from being active at the same time "in the same volume of airspace."

The NPRM proposes several editorial changes to standardize the descriptions of the seven R-4501 complex restricted areas associated with the army’s basic training compound at Fort Leonard Wood.

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AOPA is reviewing the NPRM and will submit formal comments by Nov.10, said Melissa McCaffrey, AOPA senior government analyst for air traffic services.

Members may submit comments online or by mail to U.S. Department of Transportation; Docket Operations, M–30; 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140; Washington, DC 20590–0001. Please identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2014–0640 and Airspace Docket No. 14–ACE–4 at the beginning of your comments.

Please share your comments with AOPA.

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, Airspace

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