2009-07-08 / Front Page

Low flight hearing date changed

The Public Hearing is scheduled for Aug. 27 at the Lincoln Auditorium, University of Maine Farmington Campus, from 6 to 10 p.m.
By David Hart Irregular Staff

WESTERN MAINE - - The Public Hearing date for a military proposal to lower the flight floor for fighter jets in the Western Mountains has changed to Aug. 27, at 6 p.m., at the University of Maine in Farmington.

The 104th fighter wing of the Air National Guard based at Barnes Air Force base has developed a draft Environmental Impact Study, which will be made available at the Maine Department of Transportation's Web site on or near Aug. 2: http://www.maine.gov/mdot/angcondor/index. htm.

The military has used the airspace over the western mountains for many years in the Military Operation Area known as Condor 1 and Condor 2.

The purpose of the proposed action is to enhance the training requirements for every qualified F-15 and F-16 pilot, according to the EIS summary. Low Altitude Awareness Training includes realistic, mission-oriented air-to-air operations while in a LOWATLow certified, low-altitude block at or below 1,000 feet above ground level, as well as Low Slow/Visual Identification intercept and Slow Shadow intercept training missions.

"These training missions require pilots to identify and engage aerial targets at low altitude, and perform low altitude navigation, tactical formation and defensive maneuvering to avoid or negate threats," the summary reads.

The study area for this EIS includes portions of Piscataquis, Somerset, Franklin and Oxford counties in Maine and a portion of Coos County, N.H.

As part of and in accordance with the requirements of law the EIS will consider potential alternatives to the proposed action.

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