Six additional flight levels will be introduced later this month in northern Canada airspace when Nav Canada implements reduced vertical separation minimum airspace (RVSM) from 57 deg north latitude to the North Pole from FL 290 through FL 410 inclusive (see also page 82). A transition area to and from the 1,000-ft vertical separation routes of RVSM airspace will extend to 52 deg north latitude.
Effective July 11 the Cincinnati Class B airspace was reconfigured to eliminate the portion of the airspace over Claremont County Airport (area G), expand the lateral limits of area C, reduce the lateral limits of area F and raise the upper limit of the entire Class B airspace from 8,000 ft msl to 10,000 ft msl.
Several U.S.-based business aviation operators were surprised recently when they received bills from the FAA for overflight fees, incurred on trips that had to be flown through portal countries because of new security procedures. Some believe that N-registered aircraft do not have to pay overflight fees for U.S.-provided ATC services, but that is not the case. Any aircraft that does not take off or land at a U.S.
With input from NBAA, the FAA has taken steps it hopes will reduce air traffic congestion this winter between the Northeast and Florida. So-called "Snowbird" routes between general aviation airports and Florida destinations can become clogged by significant volume increases between November and March, and crippling ground stops have resulted. Key choke points were identified as the ELIOT, WHITE and WAVEY intersections.
Pilots flying into Colorado’s ski-country airports are already aware of the controversial special traffic-management program (STMP) for filing for slots into the crowded airspace. Every year, particularly during the holiday seasons, pilots’ frustration levels rise as the number of available arrival slots dwindles, especially during bad weather.
Europe’s controlled airspace is to be expanded to absorb air transport growth, leaving the general aviation community with the prospect of paying air traffic management fees and having to adjust to a more complex operating environment.
A supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking 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. Runway 17/35, which is 8,000 feet long, is scheduled to become operational on October 27.
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