Gunfighters Take First Flight Into New Airspace
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho (KMVT-TV) – The 366th Fighter Wing will be officially expanding its airspace over parts of Idaho, Oregon and Nevada July 26.
The airspace currently covers more than 7,500 square miles and will be increased to more than 9,600, allowing simultaneous training operations, enhancing range safety and better accommodating large force exercises.
“This new airspace will increase our productivity and provide many benefits to our training capabilities,” said Col. Chris Sage, 366th Operations Group commander. “It will also be used by all branches of the military in addition to several of our Coalition partners and Allies.”
The Federal Aviation Administration approved the expansion, which will not only serve current training demands but will also meet the future training needs of the 366th Fighter Wing.
An Environmental Assessment determined that there will be no appreciable change to noise levels currently experienced within the Mountain Home range complex, and the expansion will not affect existing commercial air transportation or alter current airspace agreements.