Air Force Redraws Maps For Colo. Training Flights

By: AP
By: AP

Congressman Scott Tipton says the Air Force has redrawn its maps for proposed low-altitude training flights over Colorado.

Tipton told the Pueblo Chieftain that the Air Force provided copies of the maps to his office on Wednesday. He said the maps confirm what the military told him earlier this summer -- that the flights would occur over western Colorado, not the Eastern Plains.

The maps are scheduled to be released next week. The Air Force also plans to hold 16 public meetings about the training flights.

The Air Force originally planned to also conduct the flights in eastern Colorado. That set off opposition among Colorado ranchers who feared it might add momentum to the proposed expansion of the Army's Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in southeastern Colorado.

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  • by $$ on Sep 1, 2011 at 08:08 PM
    Expansion=land grab. Really, it's not like there is any end in sight for our military interventions. Obviuously all the training in the world isn't going to help wrap things up any faster. Declare the military a business and be done with it.
  • by shannon on Sep 1, 2011 at 07:21 PM
    they didn't say it would scare the cattle, they don't want the army to have an excuse to expand pinon canyon. If the air force starts flying over it then the army will say it is necessary for training.
  • by Mac on Sep 1, 2011 at 02:20 PM
    See David's comment.
  • by David Location: Colorado Springs on Sep 1, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    The Air Force has been using several dozen VFR and IFR low-level training routes for decades. The NGA Reference Number for the charts depicting these routers is PLANXAP1BCHTS. A quick check show there are several IRs and one VR in the immediate vicinity of Peterson AFB. However, they're not enough to support the tactical missions moving to this area. This training makes aircrews significantly more effective and keeps them safer when they fly in combat operations. The idea that it scares cattle is ludicrous, as nearly all Americans have eaten cattle raised smack in the middle of many of these routes.
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