Thu, Mar 20, 2003
The hardest working man in general aviation just
added to his workload (again). AOPA President Phil Boyer,
continuing a "Take no prisoners" attitude in regards to continued
assaults on the rights and resources of American aviation, has
strongly opposed the closure of a key Flight Service Station to
walk-in traffic. According to the FAA, the Leesburg AFSS
flight plan area "consists of the District of Columbia,
Virginia, and Maryland, excluding the panhandle area west
Reacting to the news that the Leesburg (VA) FSS, considered a
pivotal source of critical information to pilots working the maze
of Washington D.C. airspace, would no longer allow walk-ins; Boyer
shared an internal AOPA e-mail exchange with ANN in which he noted
that Leesburg was... "One of the few AFSS facilities in the COUNTRY
that is well situated for walk-in briefings."
Phil decried the situation, complaining that "DC
airspace (is) one of the most complex, needing a briefing, and (the
FAA) close(s) it off..."
Boyer showed concern over this move in light of the "9 minute
average waits on the telephone (which FAA states is 'acceptable'),
and busy signals on VFR days."
Boyer, whose staff is in the process of formulating a formal
response to this additional restriction and the imposition of yet
another possible safety hazard, told his staff to "cry FOUL
on this one."
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