Air Force heeds AOPA's concerns about military initiative
The Air Force likely will be taking less airspace in New Mexico thanks to AOPA's advocacy. In the final environmental impact statement for the New Mexico Training Range Initiative, the Air Force identified a preferred proposal that would not create a new military operations area (MOA) northwest of Roswell. The current Pecos MOA would still expand, and access to Victor 291 would be restricted; however, members would retain access to the area through Victor 68-83, which runs parallel to Victor 291. While the Air Force has taken GA's needs into consideration with this proposal, AOPA is still concerned that the military wants supersonic operations down to 10,000 feet msl. The association is requesting a note, phone number, and radio frequency be charted to alert pilots of the MOA activity and provide a way for them to obtain more information about its status. Members should send comments before November 18 to: Michael H. Jones, NMTRI Project Manager, HQ ACC/A7ZP, 129 Andrews St. Suite 102, Langley Air Force Base, VA 23665.
November 3, 2006