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FAA Says It Won't Change Flight Paths over Salt Lake City

FAA Says It Won't Change Flight Paths over Salt Lake City



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A plan that would have directed planes over some ski resorts and the east side of the Salt Lake Valley has been scrapped -- for now.

The Federal Aviation Administration grounded the controversial plan yesterday.

Representative Jim Matheson received word from the FAA yesterday that after a year of studying the issue they decided the route changes would not be needed yet.

The proposal would have had some planes entering the valley along the east bench, from Bountiful down to the south end of the valley.

It would have meant more air traffic over the foothills, over the ski resorts, recreation areas, canyons and the Lone Peak Wilderness Area.

Matheson says he was told new navigation technology and traffic management techniques mean they won't have to consider flight pattern changes at least through 2008.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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