I attended the meeting to discuss the change to the Long Beach class D airspace into class C on June 23. Attached is a photo of the proposed plan. Comments will be received until July 31, 2010. Comments can be sent to:
Clark Desing, Operations Support Group AJV-W2
Western Services Area, Air Traffic Organization
Federal Aviation Administration
1601 Lind Avenue, SW
Renton, Wa 98057

My primary concern with the design is the airspace that covers the western area of the Port of Los Angeles.  If the plan could be changed to use the Vincent Thomas Bridge, then eastward towards the Queen Mary then to then along the coast to the Emmy and Eva platforms I believe it would be a program that would work well for everybody.  There was a lot of concern by pilots who were based in Fullerton, Hawthorne and Torrance who were not happy about the idea of having to use ATC services to transition the airspace.  There were lots of complaints about getting ‘denied’ by Socal Approach.  I was last denied during the week before Christmas in 2007.    I got the impression many of the disgruntled pilots weren’t using the proper procedures that were available to them.  The reality of it is is that the Los Angeles basin is a very busy area and all pilots transitioning the area should become familiar with the advisory services provided my Socal Approach and the standard procedures.  There were also concerns about the abilities to perform such duties while traveling at such fast speeds (many of the pilots flew high performance aircraft).  Again, pilots should only be flying aircraft in which they are comfortable and capable of flying.  If they are unable to keep up, either slow down, get some training or hire a second pilot.  I’d be more than happy to sit down with any local pilots and review the procedures and techniques or spend some time flying with them or even sit right seat if needed.  Having pilots familiar with the local airspace and services will make our flying environment safer for everybody involved.