Pilots planning to fly near Tampa, Fla., between March 21 and April 5 should be vigilant for military fighter and support aircraft. MacDill Air Force Base will be conducting large-scale training with hazardous activities in the Avon Park Airspace Complex. The aircraft will be flying from the base to the military operations and restricted areas at high speeds, in formation, and as low as 3,000 feet msl. The Air Force has made a graphic of the two uncharted routes they will be using. Most of the flights will take place during the day, with some at night. Pilots should contact flight service for the latest updates and contact Tampa Approach to request radar services. Learn more about military airspace and operations in the AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s online course Mission: Possible—Navigating Today’s Special-Use Airspace.
March 7, 2008