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Pilots alerted to temporary New Mexico MOAs June 14-24Pilots alerted to temporary New Mexico MOAs June 14-24

Military airspace in New Mexico will expand temporarily June 14-24 as the U.S. military begins its "Roving Sands" exercises. Five temporary military operations areas (MOAs) will be used to expand existing MOAs in south-central New Mexico. Aircrews from all branches of the military will be flying a variety of aircraft, ranging from helicopters to fighters, practicing "air combat tactics in a modern, integrated air defense system." Notams will be issued 12 hours in advance of each exercise. Pilots should contact the nearest flight service station or the Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center for the status of the permanent and temporary MOAs. While VFR traffic can still transit an active MOA, pilots are urged to use extreme vigilance. Numerous military aircraft will be operating at high speed, in some cases close to the ground. [See also the FAA's notice

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