2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 11 Apr 2005 19:41:52 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Low-level jet training proposed for Indiana
Plan would open Indiana airspace to military jet training 
Some express safety concerns 

By Alex Davis
Louisville Courier-Journal
April 10, 2005

Fighter pilots would be allowed to practice high-speed maneuvers over
large parts of Southern Indiana -- in some places as low as 500 feet
above ground -- under a proposal by the U.S. Air Force.

F-16s and other jets from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio would use
eight proposed training zones before heading overseas to places such as
Iraq and Afghanistan.

The zones would cover hundreds of square miles, including large portions
of airspace above Jefferson, Jennings and Scott counties on both sides
of Interstate 65, starting about 30 miles north of Louisville.

Maj. Ken Stone, a pilot with the Indiana Air National Guard, said the
training areas would help pilots keep their skills sharp for conflicts overseas.

"With the type of wars that we're now fighting, we need more space,"
Stone said.

But the proposals have not been approved by the Federal Aviation
Administration. And local airport officials and civilian pilots have
expressed serious concerns about them.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
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