AOPA wants help in opposing White Elk MOA
Only local pilots know exactly how a large military operations area (MOA) located near them would impact their flying. That's why AOPA is encouraging pilots in eastern Nevada to attend one of three meetings in December about the Air Force's proposal to create the White Elk MOA. [See a graphical depiction.]
The MOA, which would likely extend from 14,000 feet msl (about 5,000 feet agl) up to 18,000 feet msl, would expand the Utah Test and Training Area to the west into Nevada. AOPA is opposed to the military taking more airspace and will be filing comments against the proposal. Specifically, the association is concerned that the proposed MOA would have a negative impact on Victor 269, which runs north and south through the area.
"But local pilots are the key," said Heidi Williams, AOPA director of air traffic policy. "This is the public's first opportunity to make their concerns loud and clear."
Pilots are urged to review the Air Force's letter of intent and take written comments to submit at the meetings. That's because the Air Force must address every written comment.
The meetings are scheduled to take place in three locations.
- Tuesday, Dec. 18: Bristlecone Pine Convention Center, 150 Sixth Street, Ely, NV 89301
- Wednesday, Dec. 19: Elko Convention Center 700 Moren Way, Elko, NV 89801
- Thursday, Dec. 20: West Wendover Branch Library, 590 Camper Dr., West Wendover, NV 89883
If you can't attend one of the meetings, you can submit your comments before Jan. 7 to Ms. Sheryl Parker, HZ ACC/A7pp, 129 Andrews St., Suite 102, Langley AFB, VA 23665-2769.
December 6, 2007