February 8, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
AOPA is working to inform members and Airport Support Network volunteers about proposed military training that would include two temporary military operations areas (TMOAs) July 22 through Sept. 1 near Grayling, Mich. Members may submit comments on the airspace proposal until Feb. 15.
The Air Force has requested the two TMOAs that would extend from 5,000 feet msl to 17,999 feet msl to support Exercise Northern Fury, to be staged from the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. Exercises will include practice of weapons attack mechanics, target acquisition, and reaction to simulated surface-to-air threats.
Activity in the TMOAs would be daily from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Central Daylight Time, and at other times by notams. The Air Force expects to conduct approximately 30 sorties per day, to be flown by AV-8B, F-5 AH-1/UH-1, KC-130, A-10, EA6B, and F-16 aircraft. The airspace will also be used for air-to-air refueling, and as a maneuver corridor for attack aircraft on missions into the R-4201 restricted airspace complex.
As proposed, there will be no restrictions on nonparticipating VFR aircraft.
Pilots may submit comments to the FAA on the TMOA plan until Feb. 15 as provided in this notice. Please also share your comments with AOPA.
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