Friday, May 29, 2020

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday will hold a virtual briefing for local media on the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the South-Central Florida Metroplex. The project proposes changes to air traffic procedures for Tampa (TPA), St. Pete-Clearwater (PIE) and Sarasota Bradenton International airports. The agency also will talk about upcoming virtual workshops where the public can learn more about the Draft EA and ask questions of agency experts.

On May 11, the FAA posted the Draft EA and opened a 60-day public comment period for the South-Central Florida Metroplex, the agency’s plan to modernize air traffic procedures for TPA, PIE, SRQ and 18 additional airports in the southern half of the state.

What: Briefing for Tampa Bay and Sarasota media

When: 11:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m., Monday, June 1, 2020

Who: Michael O’Harra, Regional Administrator, FAA Southern Region

How: Media can record the briefing and one-on-one interviews with Michael O’Harra

RSVP: to obtain the link for the Zoom briefing

Zoom Security Note: Zoom meetings are secure. Zoom is certified by the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). The FAA also password protects Zoom meetings for added security.

Virtual Public Workshops:

  • Thursday, June 4 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 5 at noon

Register for the workshops and learn more about the project on the FAA Community Involvement page.

Metroplex will allow the FAA to improve regional traffic flows using the precision of satellite-based navigation. It will benefit passengers by creating direct routes, decreasing congestion improving air traffic flows. For more information, view our videos in English and Spanish.               


Phone: 404-305-5100