The Class B airspace around Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is some very high-traffic, complex airspace, and a new proposed rule aims to make it easier to use and reduce the potential for midair collisions. The plan proposes to expand the eastern boundary to ensure containment of instrument approaches, improve the containment of jet aircraft within the airspace, and simplify VFR navigation, while shrinking the overall size of the Class B by about 100 square miles. The FAA has already aired the plan in local public meetings, and won the support of AOPA. The FAA is open to additional comments through May 23. A request to allow VFR flight along the shoreline near Point Dume was OK'd, but several other comments asking for more space for VFR operations were turned down. To have your say, go to the docket and enter number 18612. You must include "FAA Docket No. FAA-2004-18612 and Airspace Docket No. 04-AWA-05" at the beginning of your comments.
SUMMARY: This proposal would modify the Los Angeles (LAX), CA, Class B
airspace area. Specifically, this action proposes to expand the eastern
boundary of the airspace to ensure containment of the LAX Standard
Terminal Arrival Routes (STAR), and correct the inefficiencies of
several existing areas identified during public meetings and Southern
California TRACON (SCT) reviews of the airspace. The FAA is proposing
this action to improve the flow of air traffic, enhance safety, and
reduce the potential for midair collision in the LAX Class B airspace
area, while accommodating the concerns of airspace users. Further, this
effort supports the FAA's national airspace redesign goal of optimizing
terminal and en route airspace areas to reduce aircraft delays and
improve system capacity.
DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 23, 2005.
ADDRESSES: Send comments about this proposal to the Docket Management
System, U.S. Department of Transportation, Room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. You must write FAA Docket No.
FAA-2004-18612 and Airspace Docket No. 04-AWA-05, at the beginning of
your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ken McElroy, Airspace and Rules,
Office of Air Traffic Airspace Management, Federal Aviation
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591;
telephone: (202) 267-8783.
Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed
rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they
may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the
views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing
reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are
specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic,
environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal.
Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No.
FAA-2004-18612 and Airspace Docket No. 04-AWA-05) and be submitted in
triplicate to the Docket Management System (see ADDRESSES section for
address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the
Internet at http://dms.dot.gov.
Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments
on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed,
stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ``Comments
to Docket Nos. FAA-2004-18612 and Airspace Docket No. 04-AWA-05.'' The
postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.
All communications received on or before the specified closing date
for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed
rule. The proposal contained in this action may be changed in light of
comments received. All comments submitted will be available for
examination in the public docket both before and after the closing date
for comments. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with
FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the
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