FAA Updates Opposite Direction Approach Policies

 - August 13, 2012, 4:00 PM

In the aftermath of a loss of separation among three regional jets–two departures and one arrival–at Reagan National Airport (DCA) on July 31 the FAA issued the following guidance to ATC facilities on August 7. “Effective immediately, unless a facility has an established written procedure that has been validated by the Office of ATO Safety and Technical Training, all opposite-direction arrival operations involving any instrument flight rule (IFR) aircraft are temporarily suspended at Part 139 airports until further advised.”