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EAA 'Disappointed' With FAA Procedure To Adjust Atlanta Airspace

EAA's AeroPlanner Service Has Updated Charts Available Online

October 25, 2006 — FAA is issuing an emergency traffic rule in two small sections of the Atlanta Class B airspace, which would lower the airspace floor from 6,000 feet MSL to 5,000 feet MSL, effective Thursday, October 26. These areas northwest and northeast of Hartsfield International Airport (ATL) are between the 20- and 25-nautical mile rings from the airport. They were instituted to create larger margins for airliner safety at Hartsfield, one of the world's busiest airports.

EAA is disappointed with FAA's rule adoption, not over whether the adjustment is necessary for safe operations near Hartsfield, but by the procedure that developed the rule without input from all affected airspace users.

"We can discuss the merits of this adjustment in the Atlanta Class B airspace, whether it enhances safety or causes additional hazards for general aviation traffic, but that's exactly the point - that discussion never took place with those who are directly affected," said Randy Hansen, EAA director of government relations.

"By excluding all other airspace users, FAA disregarded its own guidelines for input by those who will be affected by rule changes. EAA welcomes open, good faith discussion of issues, but unfortunately, situations such as what we see in Atlanta is a step backward toward establishing the open relationship necessary to make the process effective and inclusive for all concerned."

EAA is officially responding to FAA immediately upon publication of the emergency traffic rule, requesting further clarification and documentation supporting this adjustment called for by air carriers. The emergency rule was issued without a public comment opportunity, which also runs counter to establish FAA procedures, but EAA will communicate through its extensive contacts within FAA headquarters on the issue.

As a service to EAA members, the organization's AeroPlanner partner has updated its database to include the changes. In addition, FAA did publish a revised Atlanta Terminal Area Chart (TAC), and a new Atlanta VFR Sectional - both referred to as "blue dot" charts. All pilots may exchange their obsolete charts at no cost for the new "blue dot" charts through their local chart vendor.

6/4120 (#3) GA.. SPECIAL NOTICE...ATLANTA, GA. EFFECTIVE 0610260910 UTC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH 14 CFR PART 71, THE ATLANTA CLASS B AIRSPACE AREA WILL BE MODIFIED BY LOWERING THE FLOOR OF CLASS B AIRSPACE FROM 6000 FEET MSL TO 5000 FEET MSL IN TWO SMALL SECTIONS AS FOLLOWS: (1) TO THE EAST OF THE HARTSFIELD-JACKSON ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, THE AREA BETWEEN THE ATLANTA VORTAC (ATL) 20 NM ARC AND THE ATLANTA VORTAC (ATL) 25 NM ARC, THE ATLANTA VORTAC (ATL) 090 DEGREE RADIAL, AND A LINE 8 NM NORTH OF AND PARALLEL TO THE RUNWAY 8L/26R LOCALIZER COURSE. (2) TO THE WEST OF THE AIRPORT, THE AREA BETWEEN THE ATLANTA (ATL) VORTAC 25 NM ARC AND THE ATLANTA VORTAC (ATL) 20 NM ARC, THE ATLANTA VORTAC (ATL) 270 DEGREE RADIAL, AND A LINE 8 NM NORTH OF AND PARALLEL TO THE RUNWAY 8L/26R LOCALIZER COURSE. THE CHANGES ARE BEING MADE TO ENHANCE SAFETY AND REDUCE AIR TRAFFIC DELAYS. THE ATLANTA SECTIONAL AND TAC/FLYWAY CHARTS ARE BEING REPRINTED TO DEPICT THE ABOVE REVISIONS. WIE UNTIL UFN.

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