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Cities See Downside To MOA Airspace Restrictions...

When pilots worry about losing access to airspace, too often they worry alone. But in southern Indiana, where the Air Force is proposing to create two large Military Operations Areas that would impact traffic between Louisville, Ky., and Indianapolis, some city officials are concerned about the economic impact. Mayor Jim Bullard, of Seymour, said his city has invested millions of dollars into navigational equipment to update Freeman Municipal Airport, and is concerned about anything that might impact its use, the Associated Press reported on Monday. Columbus Municipal Airport Director Rod Blasdell also raised concerns, saying that commercial tenants that wanted to locate at his airport might take into consideration the restricted access caused by the new MOAs, and go someplace else. AOPA is, of course, also engaged in the fight. AOPA said it is asking for mitigation procedures to allow for instrument approaches during the times the MOAs are active and for charted radio frequencies so pilots can contact the military to obtain real-time MOA activity information. AOPA said it would also seek a reduction in the active times of the MOAs, since the Air Force actually plans to use the airspace less than an hour a day. The FAA is accepting comments on the MOA proposals until Dec. 6.