Environmental Assessment: Apalachicola National Forest Helicopter Landing Zones Florida
CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON (347TH) MOODY AFB GA
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Moody AFB proposes to obtain a U.S. Forest Service USFS Special Use Permit for the 41st Rescue Squadron 41 RQS to use thirteen sites in the Apalachicola National Forest ANF, Florida, as HH-60G helicopter landing zones LZs for combat search and rescue aircrew training. The thirteen proposed LZs would be located on cleared undeveloped land that is currently designated and utilized by the USFS as helicopter landing sites helispots during wildfire operations. The proposed action would require no construction, soil disturbance, or site alteration at the existing helispots. The 41 RQS would utilize one or two helispots approximately one-hour, twice a week for helicopter approaches, landings, take-offs, and hovering operations during day or night training exercises. Personnel insertions and extraction on the helispots would be practiced via rope, rappel, and ladders. On-ground time at a site would be less than 10 minutes per landing. The helicopters would operate at 500 feet above ground level and below. Sustained hovering operations would occur at altitudes of up to 100 feet. All helicopter fueling and maintenance operations would occur at Moody AFB.
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