Sat, Apr 28, 2007
FAA To Combine Palm Springs Radar With San Diego
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has sent a
letter to the FAA urging a delay in the agency's plan to combine
the Palm Springs radar functions with the San Diego facility until
public hearings can be conducted.
"Our position is that it's important to get users input before
any changes are made in the air traffic system," said AOPA
spokeswoman Kathleen Vasconcelos.
The FAA is considering nonradar flight approaches into and out
of Palm Springs after 9:00 pm, instead of the current curfew of
11:00 pm. The change would affect eight commercial flights.
The AOPA has expressed concerns the June 7 consolidation will
cause delays and reductions in services.
"We understand the FAA intends to remote services from Palm
Springs at nighttime and provide these from Los Angeles Air Traffic
Control Center," the letter states.
"There are concerns that these combined actions could create
unintended impacts on General Aviation, including delays and a
reduction in service at numerous airports in Southern California,
including Palm Spring International Airport. To address these and
other questions, the FAA should hold public meetings prior to
moving forward with its consolidation plan. This will assist the
affected pilot community and allow the FAA to fully explore the
impact that the Palm Springs TRACON consolidation will have on
aviation safety and operational efficiency.
"Because of the importance of these public meetings, the FAA
should delay its planned consolidation until such meetings take
place and all of the issues surrounding the issue are
The FAA, which has cited unspecified cost savings as reason for
the relocation, did not immediately respond to requests for comment
by Palm Springs' The Desert Sun.
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