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EAA Reacts to Airspace Proposals in Oregon, Georgia

Each would have negative effects on GA

April 5, 2012 - On March 30, EAA submitted comments on two proposals on opposite ends of the country that would have adverse effects on general aviation in each of those areas. These comments were based on input and feedback of EAA members in the affected regions.

EAA responded to the proposed modification of the Atlanta Class B airspace, including a lowering of the ceiling around busy GA facilities within that airspace such as DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK). EAA recommended raising the Class B airspace floor to 6,000 feet AGL near that airport, the second-busiest airfield in Georgia. The FAA's current proposal would force increased traffic levels into less airspace and increase noise levels for residents near the airport. (Read comments)

EAA also expressed concern that VFR alternatives for transitioning through the Atlanta Class B airspace would not be fully established when the changes become effective, leading to confusion by pilots and possible safety hazards.

In addition, EAA reacted to a proposed ban on seaplanes on Waldo Lake, Oregon, which is in west-central Oregon and within the Willamette National Forest. In the comments to the Oregon State Marine Board, EAA noted that its members are opposed to such a seaplane ban and such airplanes do not create noise or pollution issues on the 5-mile-long lake. A seaplane ban would also run counter to the board's own mission of creating access to the state's waterways.

EAA also encouraged the Oregon State Marine Board to work with that state's department of aviation to establish a joint pilot/first responder safety training program for seaplane operations on Waldo Lake. It would highlight the benefits of such operations, especially in emergency situations. (Read comments)

These comments are among the many that EAA submits on a weekly basis to local and state aviation issues, along with the organization's major initiatives for national GA matters.

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