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Exercise Northern Fury brings temporary MOA to Michigan

July 7, 2012

A temporary military operations area (TMOA) will be in place near Grayling, Mich., from July 22 through Sept. 1 for the Air Force exercise Northern Fury. It is scheduled to be in effect from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Central Daylight Time and at other times by notam. The Department of Defense will conduct AV-8B, F-5 AH-1/UH-1, KC-130, A-10, EA6B, and F-16 operations in the airspace to include aerial refueling, target acquisition, and reaction to simulated surface-to-air threats, among others. “The summer months are a busy time of year for general aviation traffic in this region,” said Melissa McCaffrey, AOPA senior government analyst for air traffic. “AOPA encourages pilots to become familiar with the details of the TMOA and plan for the airspace changes accordingly.”

Temporary MOAs proposed in Michigan By Dan Namowitz

AOPA is working to inform members and Airport Support Network volunteers about proposed military training that would include two temporary military operations areas (TMOAs) July 22 through Sept. 1 near Grayling, Mich. Members may submit comments on the airspace proposal until Feb. 15.

The Air Force has requested the two TMOAs that would extend from 5,000 feet msl to 17,999 feet msl to support Exercise Northern Fury, to be staged from the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. Exercises will include practice of weapons attack mechanics, target acquisition, and reaction to simulated surface-to-air threats.

Activity in the TMOAs would be daily from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Central Daylight Time, and at other times by notams. The Air Force expects to conduct approximately 30 sorties per day, to be flown by AV-8B, F-5 AH-1/UH-1, KC-130, A-10, EA6B, and F-16 aircraft. The airspace will also be used for air-to-air refueling, and as a maneuver corridor for attack aircraft on missions into the R-4201 restricted airspace complex.

As proposed, there will be no restrictions on nonparticipating VFR aircraft.

Pilots may submit comments to the FAA on the TMOA plan until Feb. 15 as provided in this notice. Please also share your comments with AOPA.

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