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Northeast Pilots Group Message Board › Help us save the Sandy Point (SEY) VOR/DME!

Help us save the Sandy Point (SEY) VOR/DME!

Henry d.
user 86386582
Norwalk, CT
Post #: 1
Dear Northeast Pilots Group Members;

It has come to our attention that the FAA is considering decommissioning the
Sandy Point VOR/DME on Block Island.


Background: The FAA routinely studies the NavAids in the national airspace
system to determine their effectiveness to the program goals. As part of
this review, the option to decommission the NavAid being studied is always
considered. On February 1st, the FAA published a notice that they are
conducting such a study and are requesting public comment on their proposal
to decommission the Sandy Point (SEY) VOR/DME which is located just south of
runway 10-28 on Block Island.

The SEY VOR/DME is one of the most important NavAids in our region. It is
the basis for two instrument approaches to the Block Island Airport (KBID)
and provides fixes for instrument approaches at six other nearby airports.
It is a hub for four separate airways and used in defining 36 airway
intersections. Its decommissioning would be a significant loss, especially
for vintage aircraft which do not yet have GPS IFR enroute or approach

Loss of the SEY VOR/DME would limit general aviation access to BID in MVFR
and IFR conditions which would negatively impact the Block Island businesses
community and the ability to provide emergency medical evacuations by air,
especially when WAAS or RAIM are not available. The SEY VOR/DME is also
used extensively for training purposes by the US Coast Guard, the NY, CT,
and RI Army, and Air National Guard and numerous flight schools and
commercial air carriers to train their flight crews.

Even though the published deadline for public comment is March 28th, in our
experience, and because this is an ongoing study, the FAA will still
consider letters or emails after that date.

Please help keep the SEY VOR/DME alive. Kindly send a brief statement of
the SEY VOR/DME importance for the region's air navigation to the FAA
Specialist assigned to this case: Ms. Melinda George, at the email address
below. Use "Non Rule Case No. 13-ANE-201-NR" in the subject line. Please
copy AOPA at "" and feel free to include me in cc
at ""

For your prospective email or letter to the FAA, please write about your own
experience and reasons for the FAA not to decommission the SEY VOR/DME,
especially if the closing will impact your business, pleasure, flight
training, or flight safety.

The formal contact address for the FAA for this proposed action is:

Ms. Melinda George
Eastern Service Center
Operations Support Group (AJV-E2)
Non Rule Case No. 13-ANE-201-NR
PO Box 20636
Atlanta, GA 30320

Phone: 404-305-5610,
Fax: 404-305-5572

Please copy this request to any aviation organization or pilot in you
network, who you think will write a note of support!

Thank you for your consideration.

Henry duPont

AOPA Airport Support Network Volunteer for BID


Henry duPont N7572V
PO Box 457
Block Island, RI 02807

A former member
Post #: 42
Thanks for this. I just sent my email to Melinda. Hope others join in the fight.
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