June 12, 2008
By AOPA ePublishing staff
The Air Force wants to create a mega complex of special-use airspace that would span four states and affect more than 20 general aviation airports. The proposed expansion of the Powder River Military Operations Area would claim airspace in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota and cover an area 300 nm by 165 nm from an altitude of 500 feet agl through Flight Level 600.
The Air Force claims the space is needed for training in B-1 and B-52 bombers, which would be allowed to fly at supersonic speeds above 10,000 feet msl and deploy flares and chaff.
“We are closely following this proposal and will be dealing directly with the Air Force to get a better understanding of the proposal, but we also need local pilots to tell the Air Force how this proposal would affect them and their ability to fly,” said Pete Lehmann, AOPA manager of air traffic services.
Pilots are strongly urged to attend one of the 15 public meetings scheduled by the Air Force to get community-specific input on the proposal. The meetings will be held between June 15 and July 16. For details of the meeting schedule and locations, visit the Web site.
A touch of history, affordable flying, unique sightseeing, a good meal, and a community of pilots: Isn’t that what general aviation is all about?
Getting the job done on the local and national levels requires long-term planning, a hands-on approach, and keeping the effort moving, said Sean Collins, AOPA’s Eastern regional manager.
Deep in the dense, moss-draped, oak forest of Amelia Island is a luxurious plantation resort. Check out this Florida destination while you are in the Southeast for AOPA's St. Simons, Georgia, Fly-In on Nov. 8.
VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN NEAR YOU!
SHARE YOUR PASSION. VOLUNTEER AT AN AOPA FLY-IN. CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
VOLUNTEER LOCALLY AT AOPA FLY-IN! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>
BE A PART OF THE FLY-IN VOLUNTEER CREW! CLICK TO LEARN MORE >>>