When higher is better over Chicago

 - January 30, 2007, 7:31 AM

Higher altitude procedures are now in place to reduce low-altitude flying over Lake Michigan by aircraft operating to and from several satellite airports near Chicago. The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association has been working with the FAA to eliminate ATC’s routine routing of many flights over the lake at 4,000 feet. Under the new procedures, arrivals from the northeast into Aurora and West Chicago can expect to cross the Northbrook VOR at 14,000 feet. Arrivals from the southwest to Palwaukee and Waukegan can expect to cross the Joliet VOR at FL240 and to cross the Veena Intersection at 11,000 feet.