New Officers Elected to Lead RLUAC

At the most recent quarterly meeting of RLUAC held on Thursday, November 20, Robert McLaughlin was elected Chairman, John K. McNeill Vice-Chair and Mark Locklear Secretary. They will serve a two-year term that expires in November 2016.

McLaughlin is a member of the Wagram Town Board and has been its RLUAC Voting Member for several years. McLaughlin has served as the RLUAC Vice-Chair for the past four years.

McNeill is the Mayor of the City of Raeford and has been its RLUAC Voting Member for the past two years.

Locklear is the Harnett County Planning Director and has been its RLUAC Voting Member for the past several years.

Fort Bragg Likely Safe from Deep Cuts in Personnel

BraggSoldiersAt the RLUAC quarterly meeting conducted on August 21st Mr. Roger Vickers, Fort Bragg’s Army Stationing and Installation Plan Manager, explained that the Army Stationing and Installation Plan (ASIP) is the official Department of the Army database that reflects the authorized planning population for installations.  The ASIP provides installation population authorizations to all Office of the Chief of Staff for Installation Management (OACSIM) systems and is the basis for developing Base Operators Services (BOS) and Military Construction Requirements (MILCON) at Fort Bragg.  The ASIP is the Common Operating Picture (COP) for the installation population projections for Army / Fort Bragg planning.  The ASIP provides a consistent look at forces to be supported by Fort Bragg, visibility to potential planning issues, an audit trail to Army Force planning and documentation, and a feedback loop to help correct Force Structure Discrepancies through the AR 5-10 process.  The ASIP is used by the OACSIM, the Installation Management Command (IMCOM), the Army Commands (ACOM), the Total Army Basing Study (TAA/BRAC), Reserve Components (USAR and ARNG), Department of Defense (DOD), Army Secretariat/Army Audit Agency (USAAA), the General Accounting Office (GAO), and the Fort Bragg ASIP editor.

Vickers explained that according to the information contained in the ASIP, the Fort Bragg population is projected to contract from a FY 13 high population of 153,500 to a low of 145,519 through the years FY 14 through FY 20.  However mitigating factors that may further reduce the projected decreases are the anticipated increases in the number of Special Forces training students at the fort and the desire of many Army units (stationed elsewhere) to relocate to Fort Bragg.  The outtake is that Fort Bragg is likely safe from deep cuts in military and civilian personnel through the year 2020.

Fort Bragg Air Space Issues

1024px-US-FederalAviationAdmin-Seal.svgAt the RLUAC quarterly meeting conducted on August 21st Mr.  David Yow, Fort Bragg’s DPTMS Air Operations and Plans Officer, explained that the purpose of his presentation was to provide an overview of the National Airspace System to better equip the local decision makers regarding the impacts of their decisions on aviation in central North Carolina.  Airfields are the portals to the nation’s airspace.  The FAA is responsible for all the airspace in the US to improve the safety of flight, the users and the public in the air and on the ground.  Basically, there are two types of airspace -- Controlled and Uncontrolled.  These designations are further organized into classes:

  • Class A – This designation applies to all airspace in CONUS from 18,000 feet t 60,000 feet.  Instrument flight rules only (jet aircraft live here).
  • Class B – This designation is the airspace around the nineteen busiest airports in the country (ie,. Los Angeles, New York, Charlotte, Atlanta).
  • Class C – This designation applies to the airspace around congested air traffic airports.  It requires radar control.  It is limited to non-participating aircraft (ie, Raleigh/Durham, Pope AAF, Fayetteville, Greensboro).
  • Class D – This designation applies to airspace within five statute miles around an airport with an operating control tower.  Air traffic control provides visual separation of traffic (ie, Simmons AAF, Mackall AAF, New Bern).
  • Class E – This designation includes controlled airspace where some type of protection is needed (Instrument approaches, airways, extension of surface areas).
  • Class G – This designation applies to all uncontrolled airspace (meaning that it is not one of the above classifications).

Yow went on to explain that the FAA has also designated Special Use Airspace which is as follows:

  • Prohibited Area – This designation involves “no-fly” airspace that is established for security
  • reasons or national welfare (ie., Camp David, Mt.. Vernon, the Washington DC Mall area.
  • Restricted Area – This is airspace where dangerous activities occur and where unauthorized aircraft may not enter (Fort Bragg Range area)
  • Alert Area – This is airspace where unusual aircraft operations or dense pilot training occurs on a regular basis (Uwharrie Forest)
  • Military Operation Area (MOA) – These identified areas of airspace serve to separate military aircraft operations from commercial aviation.  These are cautionary areas – not prohibitive.
  • Warning Area – This is airspace over international waters that FAA has no control over, but alerts pilots to the potential for hazardous activity.  Examples of this type of airspace includes Naval gunfire, missile and rocket launch areas.
  • Military Training Routs – These are one-way high speed routes for military traffic flights below 10,000 feet.  They involve visual instrument control. In built up (urban areas) aircraft cannot fly at less than 1,000 feet.  In rural areas aircraft can fly at 500 feet.  

In conclusion Yow said that there are some restrictions as to how tall structures can be built near the Fort Bragg boundaries -- so that the structures do not interfere with air traffic involved in training on the post.  For the integrity of the fort as a viable training facility, local governments (with jurisdiction surrounding the military complex) need to work with the military airspace managers to minimize potential future conflicts.

Upcoming Events - New Meeting Time!

Quarterly Membership Meeting:

August 19, 2021

10:00 am (New Meeting Time)

Spring Lake Family Resource Center - 103 Laketree Blvd, Spring Lake, NC 28390