- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Two airports separated by just a few miles are looking to share airwaves to help increase pilot safety.

The North Little Rock Municipal Airport and the Camp Robinson airfield are considering establishing a new radio frequency that only they would share so pilots at both can communicate with just each other, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1C8DTIr ) reported.

Neither airport has an air traffic control tower, where controllers use radar and other equipment to control aircraft in the vicinity of the airport as well as on the ramps, taxiways and runways.

Most small airports, like the North Little Rock and Camp Robinson ones, don’t have enough traffic to warrant a control tower. They instead rely on announcing their positions on a radio frequency.

A private 123.075 radio frequency has been proposed for just the two airports, which are separated by just 2.5 miles.

The North little Rock Airport Commission held a public hearing last week for pilots to voice their support or objection to the proposal.

Supporters of the change say that having a discreet channel allows pilots at both airports to easily monitor what’s going on at each site. Those opposed say a new frequency could lead to confusion among pilots who already use a common radio frequency shared by many small airports.

The commission is scheduled to vote on the proposal at its regular monthly meeting Thursday.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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