June 15, 2011
By Dan Namowitz
The Navy has announced three public information meetings as it prepares to draft an environmental impact statement (EIS) for modifying the China Lake Naval Air Station, an airborne weapons and training range located in a busy airspace corridor east of Bakersfield, Calif. The proposal could include changes to existing special use airspace.
AOPA will review the draft EIS to determine the effect on general aviation flight operations of any expansion or modification of the boundaries, altitudes, or times of use of the large China Lake complex.
Full details about the public meetings and the EIS process can be found at the project website.
Pilots are encouraged to submit comments on the aeronautical impact of the proposal through Sept. 8. Please send a copy of your comments to AOPA:
The public meetings are scheduled as follows:
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
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