Accession Number:

ADA633857

Title:

Environmental Assessment for Lowering Base Altitude of Military Operations Areas

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

WESTON SOLUTIONS INC WEST CHESTER PA

Report Date:

2010-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

154.0

Abstract:

The 71 FTW at Vance AFB is considering lowering the base altitude of the Vance Military Operations Areas MOAs 1A, 1C, and 1D from 10,000 feet mean sea level MSL to 8,000 feet MSL, in order to create the additional 2,000 feet of airspace needed for Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals IFF graduate level Air-to-Air training. The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission mandated the establishment of IFF training at Vance AFB and this addition necessitated the need for additional airspace. Effective training is hampered with the existing 14,000 feet of vertical airspace. The additional 2,000 feet of airspace resulting from the Proposed Action would provide for a greater margin of safety when considering the aircraft performance envelope. Training effectiveness would increase because the aircrew can focus more on each individual event knowing they have the greater margin of safety provided by the additional airspace. There would be no new missions, personnel or aircraft assigned to Vance AFB as a result of the Proposed Action. Under the No-action Alternative, Vance AFB would continue to operate within the existing boundaries of MOAs 1A, 1C, and 1D, with base altitudes at 10,000 feet MSL and upper limits up to but not including Flight Level FL, with Air Traffic Control Assigned airspace from FL180 to FL240. The following resources were identified for study in this Supplemental EA Noise Airspace Management and Air Traffic Control, Aircraft Safety, and BirdWildlife-Aircraft Strike Hazard Land Use, and Biological Resources.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Aircraft Operations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE