Air Force: Tate’s Hell war games a go

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 09:10 AM.

The Air Force has ruled out Apalachicola Regional Airport for this activity because of the thickness of pavement on the runways.

The BA states that all vehicles, including ATVs, must remain on existing roads during maneuvers. Low water crossing and boat landing sites must be preapproved by the Florida Forest Service (FFS) and prior to crossing low water sites, personnel must check for turtles and allow them to clear without disturbance.

In the BA, GRASI was mandated to “develop forest-specific guidance on environmental restrictions and compliance requirements, to include conservation measures.”


Dirt roadways would be landing strips

The proposed military exercises include the use of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft, with three dirt roadways as landing strips in Tate’s Hell. The BA said there would be no new paving but widening or compacting may be necessary. Improvements would be limited to existing shoulders and would not affect wetlands, said the BA, and the site of landing strips would not change “in the near future.”

Helicopters would land on existing, cleared areas, some of which are already in use by firefighters.

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