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Council shows support for LATN area

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By Kirsten Laskey

Allowing servicemen and women in the U.S. Air Force to perform low mobility training to be better prepared for combat pushed Los Alamos County Councilors to support the proposed Low Altitude Tactical Navigation Area Tuesday night.
The council unanimously approved to not object to the Low Altitude Tactical Navigation Area that the 27th Special Operations Wing at the Cannon Air Force Base is proposing.
Council also approved an amendment to utilize some avenue such as the county’s Web site to provide information to the public about this training area.
In a presentation to councilors, Peter Soderquist, Los Alamos Airport manager, explained a Low Altitude Tactical Navigation Area is a geographic area within which low altitude navigation can be practiced. Altitudes, he said, are generally 500 feet but can descend to 200 feet and speeds are less than 250 knots or 280 miles per hour.
The area that is being proposed includes Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. The proposed training area does not include Los Alamos or White Rock. An alternative area does contain the town site, but White Rock is still exempted.
Soderquist added that the flight activity is in accordance to FAA flight rules and low attitude navigation training is not considered hazardous to other non-participating aircraft.


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