As part of the FAA's effort to cut costs by eliminating
redundant navigational aids, the agency has announced it will
cancel 216 redundant NDB approaches July 7, saving $19,000 per year
for each canceled approach. AOPA provided extensive comments on the
list of NDB approaches proposed to be eliminated.
"This is one way the FAA can reduce costs and shift its
resources to finance satellite navigation," said Melissa Rudinger,
AOPA vice president of regulatory affairs. "AOPA members who were
recently surveyed recognized that some NDB approaches were
unnecessary and said it would be acceptable to cancel the redundant
During a public comment period, AOPA
provided the FAA with a list of 57 NDB approaches that should be
saved because they provided the lowest minimums or because they
were important to members in the area. Only one of the approaches
that AOPA asked to be retained — the NDB approach to Runway 4
at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky — is slated to
be canceled in July. The association is pursuing a response from
the FAA about its decision on that approach.
"Rest assured AOPA will work with the FAA to ensure that the
agency does not cancel any essential instrument approaches,"