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March 19, 2015

FAA Completes Initial Airspace Study

PEOTONE – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has completed an Initial Airspace and Procedures Feasibility Analysis for the South Suburban Airport (SSA).

The study analyzed SSA’s role in the Chicago region’s complex airspace structure - which includes some of the business airports and airspace in the world. The Study concluded that integration of SSA into Chicago’s airspace structure is feasible and impact on existing and forecasted operations at other area airports, namely Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago’s Midway International Airport (MDW) would be minimal.

The study developed notional approach and departure procedures to determine the safest and most efficient routing for aircraft flying to and from SSA. The analysis included commercial passenger activity, cargo flights, and general aviation/corporate activity and utilized both quantitative modeling and qualitative simulation. The study concluded that is it feasible to successfully integrate SSA’s anticipated traffic levels into the existing airspace structure without any major modification or impacts to the existing airport system.

View the complete report here.

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