February 13, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
The Air Force has requested a temporary military operations area (TMOA) in late August to support an annual training exercise to be staged from Wisconsin’s Volk Field Air National Guard base. Members may submit comments on the proposal to the FAA until March 5.
Air interdiction training would be conducted under exercise Northern Lightning 2012 as described in this notice, Monday through Friday, Aug. 21 to Aug. 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Daylight Time at altitudes between 8,000 feel msl and 17,999 feet msl. Flights at other times would be by notices to airmen (notams).
AOPA has reviewed the proposal, and has informed local members and Airport Support Network volunteers of the scheduled exercises, which are planned during an active time of year for general aviation operations.
No significant effects are expected on instrument approaches or arrival or departure procedures for airports in the TMOA’s vicinity. However, a number of Victor airways run through the proposed TMOA footprint and could be impacted--including one on which the minimum en route altitude is 4,000 feet msl.
Members can submit comments by March 5 in accordance with instructions provided in the notice. Please also share your comments with AOPA.
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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