...Virtual Public Meeting This Week?

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The NPRM resulted in so many public comments (1535 to date) that the FAA extended the comment period to April 19. AOPA demanded public meetings, but the FAA said it couldn't afford the traveling road show required to hear from all affected operators. So, it proposed something called the "virtual public meeting" in which comments and questions could be submitted over the Internet. As of Sunday, there was no evidence of it, but there were reports the controversial Web forum would be on the FAA site from today until March 5. When it extended the comment period, the FAA said it would publish a Notice of Virtual Public Meeting in the Federal Register, but we weren't able to find one. Meanwhile, AOPA and its congressional supporters continue to call for face-to-face meetings. AOPA says the Internet session would make a nice addition to public meetings but can't replace them. "This is a flawed proposal and should not move forward in its current form," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "That is why FAA public meetings are important, but failing that, Congress must get involved."