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The FAA is rooting out not only "unnecessary" NDB approaches, but also VOR approaches at airports that also have RNAV approaches to the same runways. A total of 154 procedures are on the chopping block, including 64 VOR approaches and 19 circling GPS approaches. Rob Hackman, AOPA senior director of regulatory affairs, said, "AOPA is reviewing each approach to ensure that the FAA doesn't cancel an approach that would negatively impact IFR access to the airport or result in higher weather minimums." 'Course the negative impact on pilots squeaking by or renting aircraft without an IFR GPS probably doesn't figure into that picture. But then, gosh, how many pilots could that be?

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Title Annotation:BRIEFING; non-directional beacon
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2009
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