LA TAC Proposed Changes
The Los Angeles Terminal Area Chart (TAC) is updated every six months; in June and December of each year. SCAUWG maintains a standing committee that prepares and submits our LA TAC Proposed Changes to the FAA Charting Office. This committee is headed by Candace Robinson, President of the Long Beach Flying Club. Changes must be submitted to the FAA approximately two months before publication. Ideas and suggestions for changes to the TAC chart can be submitted to the SCAUWG via e-mail to Candace Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org). Committee Reports are posted at the site noted above.
It is the Committee’s understanding that the FAA could currently work on combining the Los Angeles TAC and Helicopter charts for deployment at some future date. The value of a combined chart cannot be understated in the complex Los Angeles megalopolis area.
The most recent SCAUWG Proposed Chart Changes that have been submitted for review follow. Please note though, that since these changes have been submitted further surveys and reflections concerning not only the TAC as such, but the Flyway Chart on its reverse side are being documented. This is a VERY IMPORTANT PROJECT, as updated changes to the Flyway portion of the chart have not been made since the early 90’s! We expect that continued chart analysis will produce more requests for Chart Updates. The following files though, illustrate well the serious nature of this project.
Webmaster note: SCAUWG represents a compliment of professional association member groups, FAA officials, informed pilots, and stakeholders. As an organization, we can only suggest and request. The meaningful contributions already made by SCAUWG and our member groups historically for decades has been successful; and are well documented! At present, regarding “route changes,” SCAUWG has been directed to submit our work-product to SCT, for approval and desired escalation to the FAA Service Center for implementation. SCAUWG has also repetitively reached out to SCT for their guidance, and/or their solutions to these potentially life and death circumstances that we brought to their attention; and have defined as problem areas. We believe at this moment, the specific responsibility to protect the welfare of the LA Airspace Community, and the welfare of those we fly over in the LA Basin rests squarely upon the shoulders of those responsible for the review of these kinds of affairs at SCT. We wholeheartedly and sincerely request that SCT management mandate the attention needed to address these matters.
LA TAC Proposed Changes:
Needed – Additional LA TAC Flyway Routes:
Additional attention needs to be focused upon two critical LA Basin flight path directions.
At this time the LA TAC Flyway Chart needs to address, via the creation of New Flyway Routes, the following:
1. Departing Torrance Area Northeast Bound (and arriving)
2. Departing Torrance Area Southeast Bound (and arriving)
These proposals should also consider the added dimension created by the flights that are exiting the LA Special Flight Rules Area, and those flights that are departing the MINI route as well. Any quick glimpse at the chart regarding this airspace will note that the Long Beach Airport (KLGB) Class Delta airspace looms to the east; and realizing that KLGB accommodates many GA and Commercial arrivals and departures, safe routes for VFR traffic that will avoid conflict with those arrivals, would make improved flight safety sense.
One only has to recall a February 2016 mid-air collision near San Pedro involving a Citabria flying to Torrance (speaking to Torrance Tower) and a Beechcraft 35. That accident resulted in 3 fatalities.