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 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 LII 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
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
Keewatin Air’s King Air B200, C-FZPW, standing-by on the ramp in front of the terminal building at Iglulik, Nunavut, Canada. The King Air fits perfectly with Keewatin Air’s mission to serve the remote expanse of the Canadian Arctic.
(Matthew Leslie; Keewatin Air staff)
typically looks for midlife airframes and plans to operate them until they hit 30,000 hours.
The average age of their King Air fleet is 26 years. All have PT6A-42 engines, including two that have 3-bladed propellers. The aircraft all feature high float gear, ram air recovery systems, Frakes Aviation exhaust stacks, dual aft strakes and dedicated air ambulance interiors.
In 2014, Keewatin Air partnered with Elliott Aviation to upgrade all of its King Air aircraft to Garmin 1000 avionics as soon as the system could operate in the high arctic of Canada, specifically north of 65 degrees latitude.
Their aircraft were the first King Air B200 featuring 3-bladed props to get the upgrade. Over the course of the project, Keewatin Air found its breadth and depth of operations were helpful to Garmin.
“We work collaboratively with Garmin on identifying issues whether it’s from operating in the high arctic or operating aircraft with 3-bladed propellers as opposed to 4-bladed King Air 200 aircraft,” McLeod said. “There are a few different areas that we’ve assisted with research for their systems.”
(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.
In 2018, Keewatin Air completed the NXi upgrade to the G1000 system.
“With the harsh environment and challenging terrain we operate in, as well as the experience levels in the flight crew members, we have found the upgrade to the G1000 avionics platform has ensured that our flight crews have the most advanced, state of the art environment to safely meet the needs of our customers,” McLeod said. “The G1000 NXi installation has also brought our maintenance department to a new level with the ability to review data related to any flight, which assists in more effective troubleshooting of any issues that are encountered. As approach criteria and complexity continue to change, the G1000 system is able to ensure that Keewatin Air remains up to date with any changes.”
Challenging maintenance conditions
Keewatin Air has an extensive background in maintaining King Air aircraft and its in-house team handles everything from engine changes and prop replacements to landing gear overhauls and all phase inspections.
They operate maintenance personnel out of all seven bases, including heavy maintenance at the Winnipeg headquarters. The largest contingency of 10 AMEs works 12-hour shifts to provide 24-hour coverage at the busiest station, Iqaluit, where there is a 20,000-square- foot hangar built in 2010.
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