FAA proposes new flight restrictions around manhattan
The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing restructuring the low-level VFR airspace around Manhattan in response to this summer’s collision between a sightseeing helicopter and a light aircraft over the Hudson River. FAA wants to separate traffic flying over the river from aircraft flying to and from heliports and seaplane bases by altitude, and will include a new Class B VFR corridor that the agency wants to be the preferred choice of pilots flying over the Hudson.
The new airspace will go from 1,300 feet to 2,000 feet and aircraft within it will operate under direct air traffic control. Uncontrolled VFR traffic will operate between 1,000 and 1,300 feet and pilots will be required to monitor a common frequency and announce entry, progress, and departure from the airspace. The working traffic below 1,000 feet will monitor the same frequency. New charts will be created to clearly delineate the corridors and will highlight the hybridized Class B. “These steps will significantly enhance safety in this busy area and create crystal-clear rules for all of the pilots who operate there,” says FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. The new rule would also formalize some common practices.
Epa introduces new deicing rule
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new rule that would make deicing practices on aircraft and at airport runways more environmentally friendly while maintaining operational safety. EPA estimates that six major airports, which are among the largest users of aircraft deicing fluid, would likely install centralized deicing pads to comply with the proposed requirements. Airports using lesser amounts of deicing fluid would collect 20 percent of the spent fluid with technologies such as glycol recovery vehicles. The estimated 50 airports that currently use urea to deice runways would use more environmentally friendly deicers, or reduce the discharges of ammonia from continued use of urea. A number of airports in the country already comply with the proposed requirements, says EPA. Visit www.epa.gov/guide/airport.
aci-na — Airports Council International-North America names four winners for its 2009 Environmental Achievement Awards:
• Burbank/Bob Hope Airport won the environmental management award for its Hangar 25, the world’s first aviation facility certified LEED-platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.
• Reno-Stead Airport’s Stead Solvent Site Remedial Action program was tapped for the 2009 mitigation award. The airport uses state-of-the-art equipment to remove trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination from the groundwater and soil at the airport.
• Dallas/Fort Worth Int’l Airport earned this year’s outreach, education, and community involvement award with its Protect Our Planet Science Festival and DFW Airport Earth Day.
• Toronto Pearson Int’l Airport is the first airport to win the newly added award category for Special/Innovative Projects for its Partners in Project Green & Pearson Eco-Business Zone.
aero mark — an FBO located at Idaho Falls, ID opens its new FBO and hangar building, dubbed Aero Mark XL, featuring a 30,000-sq. ft. hangar and 12,000 sq. ft. of office space.
air safety flight academy — of Glendale, AZ is adding a second campus at the North Texas Regional Airport in Denison. The agreement is a five-part contract with Grayson County, the cities of Sherman, Denison, and Pottsboro, and Grayson County College (GCC). The college will provide dormitory facilities for the flight training students.
airtran, continental — agree to exchange slots at Washington Reagan and New York LaGuardia airports. AirTran will cease Newark Liberty operations on October 25, and announced it will expand operations at LaGuardia and Washington Reagan on November 4.
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