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November 1, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
AOPA has requested that the Navy relinquish special-use airspace that will no longer be used for training at the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility near Boardman, Ore., under changes proposed in a draft environmental impact statement available for public comment until Nov. 6.
Members are encouraged to review the document and submit comments on the proposal’s effects on their flight operations as provided below.
AOPA in formal comments strongly urged that airspace no longer considered usable for training be restored to the National Airspace System. Also, any new request for special-use airspace that the Navy has indicated might be sought as a result of airspace encroachment by wind turbines should be accompanied by a return of airspace no longer to be used, AOPA said.
“This giveback of airspace will allow for the continued use of this airspace for civilian operations as necessary,” wrote Melissa McCaffrey, AOPA senior government analyst for air traffic services.
Two public meetings were held on the military’s use of the Boardman facility in September.
Members may submit comments by Nov.6 at the project website or by mail to Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203, Silverdale WA 98315-1101, Attn: NWSTF Boardman Project Manager. Please share your comments with AOPA.
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