The U.S. FAA is planning a series of public meetings early next year to solicit public input as it develops new flight paths for operations over Central and South Florida. Through its South-Central Florida Metroplex project, the FAA is replacing dozens of existing air traffic procedures with more efficient satellite-based routes. Similar initiatives have been completed or are under way at 11 international metropolitan areas.
Its South-Central Florida Metroplex project focuses on the four major airports in the region—Miami International (MIA), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL), Orlando International (MCO), and Tampa International (TPA)—but also will involve changed procedures for Palm Beach International (PBI) and various satellite airports.
“We encourage the public to attend the workshops to talk with experts, learn how proposed changes could affect their communities, and provide comments that we will consider as we finalize the new procedures,” said Michael O’Harra, regional administrator for the FAA Southern Region. Dates and times are still being confirmed but will be posted on the agency’s community involvement webpage and social media platforms. An environmental review will also begin in the second quarter.