AOPA and NOAA encouraging pilots to ‘fly friendly’ over marine sanctuariesMarch 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
AOPA is ready to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to encourage pilots to “fly friendly” in the vicinity of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and other noise-sensitive areas.
Pilots will be urged to comply with FAA guidance to avoid overflight of noise-sensitive areas at less than 2,000 feet agl. The guidance, contained in FAA Advisory Circular 91-36D, is recommended, not mandatory.
AOPA said it would work to educate pilots about voluntary compliance with recommended flight altitudes, but continues to question NOAA’s authority to impose overflight restriction zones over marine sanctuaries. Any such mandate should be enacted by the FAA through the normal rulemaking process, AOPA said in formal comments on the NOAA’s proposed revisions of rules for the Olympic National Marine Sanctuary in Washington state. [Full story]