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Today's Air Traffic Report:
A mix of rain, thunderstorms and wind from the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast may slow air traffic in Boston (BOS), the New York area (EWR, JFK, LGA), Philadelphia (PHL) and the Washington, D.C., area (BWI, DCA, IAD). On the West Coast, wind in Los Angeles (LAX) and clouds in San Francisco (SFO) could trigger flight delays.
Pilots: Check out the new Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) Tool from the Aviation Weather Center.
The FAA Air Traffic Report provides a reasonable expectation of any daily impactsto normal air traffic operations, i.e. arrival/departure delays, ground stoppages, airport closures. This information is for air traffic operations planning purposes and is reliable as weather forecasts and other factors beyond our ability to control.
Always check with your air carrier for flight-specific delay information.
General aviation pilots can now prepare to fly under BasicMed without holding a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical certificate as long as they meet certain requirements. They can fly under BasicMed beginning on May 1, the effective date of the January 10 final rule. It offers pilots an alternative to the FAA's medical qualification process for third class medical certificates, while keeping general aviation pilots safe and flying affordable.
General aviation pilots may take advantage of the regulatory relief in the BasicMed rule or opt to continue to use their FAA medical certificate. Under BasicMed, a pilot will be required to complete a medical education course every two years, undergo a medical examination every four years, and comply with aircraft and operating restrictions. For example, pilots using BasicMed cannot operate an aircraft with more than six people onboard and the aircraft must not weigh more than 6,000 pounds.
A pilot flying under the BasicMed rule must:
- possess a valid driver's license;
- consent to a National Driver Register check;
- have held a medical certificate that was valid at any time after July 15, 2006;
- have not had the most recently held medical certificate revoked, suspended, or withdrawn;
- have not had the most recent application for airman medical certification completed and denied;
- have taken a BasicMed online medical education course within the past 24 calendar months;
- have completed a comprehensive medical examination with any state-licensed physician within the past 48 months;
- have been found eligible for special issuance of a medical certificate for certain specified mental health, neurological, or cardiovascular conditions, when applicable; and
- not fly for compensation or hire.
Pilots can read and print the Comprehensive Medical Examination Checklist and learn about online BasicMed online medical courses at www.faa.gov/go/BasicMed
April 20 -The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will hold three public information workshops in late April on proposed airspace improvements over the Las Vegas metropolitan area.
The improvements are part of the FAA's Las Vegas Metroplex project, which proposes to use streamlined satellite navigation to move air traffic more safely and efficiently through the area. The project includes McCarran International Airport, North Las Vegas Airport, Henderson Executive Airport and Nellis Air Force Base. It is one of 12 Metroplex projects nationwide.
Under the project, existing air routes may be modified with new satellite-based routes. Satellite technology enables the creation of more direct air routes as well as routes that are automatically separated from one another. It also allows highly efficient climbs and descents on departure and arrival routes, which can result in significant environmental benefits.
The FAA has not begun designing the modified routes. The purpose of the workshops is to explain the issues the FAA identified with the current airspace and some of the potential solutions to those issues.
The workshops will feature informational videos and poster boards that explain satellite-based procedures and show some of the issues the FAA identified with the current Las Vegas airspace. FAA representatives will be available to answer questions, and people can submit written comments at the workshops and online for 30 days afterward. The workshops will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. They will be an open-house format, where people can attend any time during the posted times to learn about the project. Free parking will be available at all locations.
The briefing dates and locations are as follows:
- April 25: Henderson Convention Center, 200 S. Water Street, Henderson, NV 89015
- April 26: North Las Vegas Airport, Grand Canyon Room, 2730 Airport Drive, North Las Vegas, NV 89032
- April 27: Clark County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89155
During the design process for the modified routes, the FAA will hold additional public workshops where they will share the proposed routes and seek comment on them. The community feedback received from those future workshops will help determine whether changes should be made to the proposed designs.
April 12- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a new parallel runway and associated projects at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). Based on the FAAs most recent Terminal Area Forecast, the number of flights at CLT is expected to grow at an average rate of 1.9 percent annually, increasing from more than 545,000 operations in 2016 to a projected 740,000 operations in 2033.
Charlottes Airport Capacity Enhancement Plan recommends a 12,000-foot-long runway be completed by 2023. The preferred location for the new runway would be 1,480 feet west of the existing Runway 18/36 centerline. When the new runway is complete, CLT will have four parallel north/south runways. Runway 5/23 will be closed after the new runway is operational.
The initial phase of the EIS will identify reasonable alternatives in addition to the airports preferred alternative. The EIS also will study the effects on airport operations if a new runway is not built. The public will have several opportunities during the EIS process to provide input and make comments on the project. The FAA expects to complete the EIS in 2020.
The FAA previously gave the airport a $3.75 million Airport Improvement Program grant for the project. The total cost of the EIS will be determined after the scoping phase of the study is complete. The City of Charlotte, which operates the airport, will request the additional funding to support the EIS. The FAA selected VHB Engineering of Raleigh, NC to conduct the study.
The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to conduct an environmental review for airport development projects that result in changes to an Airport Layout Plan. The EIS enables federal agencies to analyze and document potentially significant environmental impacts from the proposed project and develop measures that will mitigate those effects.
The EIS for CLT will look at 14 categories of potential environmental impacts. These include aircraft noise and compatible land use, air quality, water resources, historic resources, and socioeconomic and environmental justice. The EIS will consider temporary, direct, secondary, and cumulative impacts for each category, as well.
For more information about Environmental Impact Statements, go to: http://www.faa.gov/airports/environmental/