Watch Out For Airspace Changes In Atlanta

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The Class B airspace over Atlanta has been lowered in some sectors, from 6,000 to 5,000 feet. The changes aren't really a big deal for VFR pilots, says AOPA, but the procedure used by the FAA to implement them has raised some eyebrows. "The FAA failed to follow the standard process of consulting with airspace users before making a change," said Heidi Williams, AOPA's director of air traffic services. "We've been assured that future changes will go through the [public review] process so that users have a chance to participate." AOPA also notes that the changes take effect today, but won't show up on aeronautical charts until new versions are printed in March 2007. [more] The FAA is changing the airspace to keep IFR operations within Class B airspace when conducting simultaneous triple ILS approaches into Atlanta, says AOPA, and more changes are expected next year.