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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : fok|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 500|
agl bound upper : 3500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : stl|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Experience||controller radar : 6|
flight time total : 450
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|ATC Facility||procedure or policy : unspecified|
In sum: reporter claims an aerobatic practice area is located 1.5 mi northwest of fok airport which extends from 500 ft AGL to 3500 ft AGL. Reporter indicates the practice area is under an IFR airway. Fok tower is not required to notify N90 when the aerobatic aircraft are operating in the practice area. The tower is required to notify the TRACON when it has knowledge of parachute jumping or glider activity in or near the class D airspace. Reporter states the practice area has been approved by the FAA including a DOT certificate of waiver or authority/authorized. Reporter recommended the fok tower inform N90 when aerobatic activity starts and ends so that N90 has the option due to traffic to have aerobatic aircraft cease operations or conduct operations at or below an altitude suggested by N90. N90 would advise fok when traffic was no longer a factor.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: RPTR STATES AN AEROBATIC PRACTICE AREA ABOVE CLASS D AIRSPACE IS IN DIRECT CONFLICT WITH IFR ACFT. NO NOTIFICATION IS GIVEN TO APCH CTL WHEN THESE FLTS ARE ACTIVE. PRACTICE APPROVED BY FAA.
Narrative: IN SUM: RPTR CLAIMS AN AEROBATIC PRACTICE AREA IS LOCATED 1.5 MI NW OF FOK ARPT WHICH EXTENDS FROM 500 FT AGL TO 3500 FT AGL. RPTR INDICATES THE PRACTICE AREA IS UNDER AN IFR AIRWAY. FOK TWR IS NOT REQUIRED TO NOTIFY N90 WHEN THE AEROBATIC ACFT ARE OPERATING IN THE PRACTICE AREA. THE TWR IS REQUIRED TO NOTIFY THE TRACON WHEN IT HAS KNOWLEDGE OF PARACHUTE JUMPING OR GLIDER ACTIVITY IN OR NEAR THE CLASS D AIRSPACE. RPTR STATES THE PRACTICE AREA HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE FAA INCLUDING A DOT CERTIFICATE OF WAIVER OR AUTH. RPTR RECOMMENDED THE FOK TWR INFORM N90 WHEN AEROBATIC ACTIVITY STARTS AND ENDS SO THAT N90 HAS THE OPTION DUE TO TFC TO HAVE AEROBATIC ACFT CEASE OPS OR CONDUCT OPS AT OR BELOW AN ALT SUGGESTED BY N90. N90 WOULD ADVISE FOK WHEN TFC WAS NO LONGER A FACTOR.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.