Fri, Mar 04, 2005
FAA Cooperates With Local Operators
The Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) announced
they've made vital progress in conjunction with the FAA to reduce
low altitude flying over Lake Michigan. CABAA says this is a
problem for operations into the satellite airports of Chicago.
Currently, business aircraft approaching from the east are
routed over Lake Michigan at 4,000 feet to avoid interfering with
airline traffic into O'Hare. The organization says this burns
additional fuel, places aircraft into an increased traffic
environment, and creates unfavorable flying conditions.
The association's Air Traffic Control committee met with the
Chicago TRACON, Chicago Center and the FAA's Midwest Tactical
Operation in Des Plaines. Officials say they recognize the
potential safety hazard and are working out the details of a plan.
A procedure allowing airplanes to cross the Northbrook, IL VOR
(OBK) at 14,000 feet could be approved this month.
The committee is also working with the FAA to allow aircraft
approaching from the south to remain at a higher altitude while
transitioning to northern satellite airports. Another possibility
is to "piggyback" approaches into O'Hare or Midway.
CABAA is pleased with the progress made so far, and is committed
to assist the FAA in making the Chicago airspace safer and more
efficient. CABAA also meets monthly to network, share experiences,
and educate its members.
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