Air Traffic Procedures NOTAM for Super Bowl in Atlanta Area
Those who may be flying to the Atlanta, Georgia, area Jan. 29-Feb. 5 will want to familiarize themselves with the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) air traffic procedures NOTAM for the area on those dates. Super Bowl LIII will take place Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
During the above weeklong timeframe, reservations will be required for arrivals and departures at the 24 Atlanta area airports (list on NOTAM). Reservations can be made through your FBO of choice at the given airport.
The FAA has published a webpage that contains all air traffic management related information for all Atlanta-area airspace and airports. It will be updated as additional information becomes available and can be accessed at https://superbowl.faa.gov.
FAA Asking for Input on Florida Airspace Changes
The FAA is planning a series of public meetings early this year to solicit public input as it develops new flight paths for operations over Central and South Florida as part of its Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) airspace modernization initiative. Through its South-Central Florida Metroplex effort (which is noted to currently be in the “Design Phase”), it is using data collected from the “Study Phase” and redesigning flight paths and updating procedures to increase efficiency with satellite-based routes.
This project focuses on the four major airports in the region – Miami International (MIA), Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL), Orlando International (MCO) and Tampa International (TPA) – but will also involve procedures changing at various satellite airports.
The public meetings have not been scheduled yet but will be posted on the agency’s community involvement webpage and social media platforms.
As part of the South-Central Florida Metroplex initiative, the FAA recently implemented 55 new performance-based navigation (PBN) routes between the southern part of the U.S. East Coast and major international airports in Florida and the Caribbean.
Satellite-equipped aircraft can now fly the new routes that begin at the North Carolina/South Carolina border and flow south. The new routes will augment the existing structure of conventional jet routes. Flights on these routes are said to be more direct, more efficient and safer.
The FAA is also designing high-altitude PBN routes from the Northeast to join the new routes.
MVY Main Runway Closed for Reconstruction
Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY) will close its main runway from mid-January through May 2019 for a full-depth reconstruction of Runway 6/24. Although ILS will also be out of service, 3,300-foot Runway 15/33, with RNAV approaches to each end, will remain open during the restoration project. The airport will be fully closed for three days (currently scheduled for April, exact dates will depend on weather) to rebuild the intersection of the two runways.
The $10.27 million reconstruction will make no changes to the dimensions of the 5,504-by-100-foot runway or its weight bearing capacity, which serves aircraft up to an Airbus A320.
When determined, the project’s precise dates will be published in a NOTAM. For further information please contact Geoff Freeman at (508) 693-7022 or GFreeman@mvyairport.com.