2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 13 Nov 2011 12:44:58 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] NOISE: Low Altitude Tactical Navigation Area (CO, NM)
The hills are alive with the sound of freedom

Opinion by Ed Quillen
Denver Post (CO)
November 13, 2011

Just in case I needed official confirmation that I dwell in Flyover Country, the U.S. Air Force has provided it in the form of the Low Altitude Tactical Navigation Area.

It covers 60,699 square miles in New Mexico and Colorado, and it's for training flight crews based at Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis, N.M. They'll be making five-hour nighttime practice runs at less than 1,000 feet above ground, sometimes as low as 300 feet. They'll be flying the C-130 Hercules, a big transport turbo-prop, and the CV-22 Osprey, a sort of helicopter-airplane hybrid that does not have an exemplary safety record.

Airplanes make noise, but the Air Force says courses will be staggered so that residents of the training zone - basically the southwestern quadrant of Colorado and a big chunk of New Mexico - will be awakened only two or three times a year.


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