Tue, Oct 24, 2006
And They're Not On Your Chart
If you fly around Atlanta, there are some new restrictions to
watch for... ones that aren't on your latest chart.
The FAA has issued an emergency air traffic rule, making minor
changes to the Class B airspace over Atlanta. Pilots need to be
especially alert to the changes, which go into effect October 26...
as they won't show on standard charts until the next cycle to be
issued in March of next year. The changes add two small sectors
northwest and northeast of the airport between the 20 and 25 nm
rings. The floor of these sectors has been lowered from 6,000 to
While admitting the changes have minimal impact on VFR flights
in the area, Heidi Williams -- director of air traffic services for
the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association -- took the FAA to task
on how it made the change.
"The FAA failed to follow the standard process of consulting
with airspace users before making a change," said Williams. "We've
been assured that future changes will go through the ad hoc process
so that users have a chance to participate."
Read NOTAM 64120 On Changes To ATL Class Bravo
The FAA says it is changing the airspace in order to keep IFR
operations within Class B airspace when conducting simultaneous
triple ILS approaches to ATL.
While the changes won't hit standard charts until next year, the
FAA will issue interim "blue dot" sectional and terminal area
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