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Quick EAA Action Fixes Leesburg Glitch

November 23, 2011 – Last week in e-Hotline, we reported that FAA and TSA had relaxed some of the Special Maneuvering Area requirements at the Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Virginia, which is right at the edge of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA).

While reviewing the draft NOTAM, however, Randy Hansen of EAA’s Government Programs office noticed that under the new language, aircraft in the traffic pattern could be on two separate radio frequencies. That created a potential flight safety and mid-air collision situation.

Randy quickly contacted FAA Flight Standards regarding this situation, and received a prompt reply from that office. FAA will be revising the Leesburg NOTAM before its November 30 effective date, and also updated the FAA’s online SFRA course so all aviators have up-to-date information.

Thanks to Randy, who spends much of his time reading government fine print, for catching this potential safety issue and taking action to correct it with the FAA.

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