Changes on Tap for Two Class B Airspace Sites

 - April 9, 2007, 1:28 PM

A supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking has been issued that modifies previously proposed (Nov. 23, 2003) changes to the Minneapolis Class B airspace. This action proposes to add a new Area F to contain large turbine-powered aircraft within Class B airspace during operations on new Runway 17/35 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. NBAA suggested the change. The FAA said its review of NBAA’s comments “revealed that the floor of the Class B airspace in Area F should be lowered from 7,000 feet msl to 6,000 feet msl to contain instrument operations to new Runway 35.” Runway 17/35, which is 8,000 feet long, is scheduled to become operational on October 27. Comments are due by September 7. For more information, call (202) 267-8783. Meanwhile, the configuration of Los Angeles Class B airspace is set to change to ensure that STAR routes are contained within the protected airspace and to “correct inefficiencies of several existing areas.” In addition, the shoreline transition route with multiple altitudes will be reinstated that allows pilots “to retain flight following at all times.” AOPA is pleased with the changes.