Military exercise over Truckee generates noise complaints
After recieving a number of calls about noisy overflights in the Truckee area this morning, the Truckee Tahoe Airport contacted the North American Air Defense Command to find out training excersises were underway.
Residents of Truckee and the North Lake Tahoe area observed US military fighter aircraft practicing alert response and intercepts against “hostile” aircraft flown by the Civil Air Patrol, according to the airport district.
Flight activity lasted about 20 minutes then the fighters departed our area.
The Truckee Tahoe Airport staff was unaware of the exercise, but after receiving calls from the community relaying concerns, contacted NORAD.
The Truckee Tahoe Airport informed NORAD that the community would have appreciated advance information that this military flight activity would be occurring in the area.
According to Air Force Master Sergeant Tony Hill, NORAD Public Affairs, this exercise was to test NORAD’s decision-making cycle, evaluate responses, and practice live intercepts of “hostile” aircraft.
The military command posts and responding units involved in Amalgam Arrow were undergoing external inspections and evaluations of their performance. Similar activity occurred throughout the Western Air Defense Sector.
The Truckee Tahoe Airport staff appreciates the community’s surprise and response to this event.
The Airport staff relayed this to a local US Air Force participant, as well as to NORAD.
The airport district indicated that it would be helpful to include local airports in coordination to provide a heads-up to local communities.
The exercise was coordinated with FAA Air Traffic Control agencies in the region to ensure safety of flight for both participating and non-participating aircraft.