Altus AFB to host air space study

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – The 97th Air Mobility Wing will host an Air Compatible Use Zone Study briefing at 7 p.m. May 26 in the Southwest Technology Center's Seminar Room. The meeting will consist of a briefing and comments from Col. Jon T. Thomas, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander, as well as time for questions and answers.

An AICUZ study examines the air space most trafficked by the base, specifically focusing on its noise contours and its potential for aircraft accidents. The study is conducted by Air Force installations any time a major operational change occurs in order to maintain mission capabilities by promoting compatible land use planning, and to protect the health, safety and welfare of local citizens.

"This study allows us to inform the local community about our current operations in the air space we most frequently occupy and how that impacts them and our ability to continue to conduct our mission," Colonel Thomas said.

The last study conducted by Altus AFB occurred in 1999. Since then, the base no longer conducts C-5 Galaxy training and executes a majority of its C-17 Globemaster III training using simulators.

A copy of the AICUZ study is available for public viewing before the meeting at the Altus Public Library and City Hall.