Troxler Visits Potential OLF Site

CAMDEN, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's top agriculture official is visiting a farm near the site of a practice jet landing field the Navy is proposing to build in the northeastern part of the state.

Agriculture Secretary Steve Troxler has scheduled a news conference Monday afternoon about the proposed landing field and will tour farms affected by the proposal in Camden County.

The Navy has faced opposition as it considers sites in Camden and Gates counties and several sites in Virginia to build an outlying landing field. The project would allow Navy pilots to practice taking off and landing as they prepare to deploy aboard aircraft carriers.

A draft environmental impact statement that assesses each location is due out this summer.


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  • by ace Location: plymouth on May 22, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    Just make sure the flight path to and from the OLF is directly over the home of a judgde, lawyer and all the people who want this Virginia Beach Noise Abatement Airfield.
  • by Janet Location: NC Citizen on May 21, 2009 at 01:44 PM
    Navy’s study at OLFEIS – FEIS July 2003. This was the study completed by the Navy. An OLF was determined to not be required for operations at NAS Oceana. The OLF is being considered to provide operational flexibility and to mitigate the noise impacts on the communities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Then go to the Hampton Roads Joint Land Use Study. Read the Summary Page 1. The cities of Hampton Roads joined together with the Navy to accommodate growth and economic sustainability. And that the three airfield contribute billions to their economy. In order for Virginia Beach and Chesapeake to continue their growth they needed to “Pursue development of an additional Outlying Landing Field in North Carolina” (this is in chapter 5 , page 5-9) The problem here is the local communities of North Carolina was left out of this partnership. North Carolina communities had no idea this was going on.
  • by Janet Location: North Carolina on May 21, 2009 at 01:28 PM
    Navy’s study at OLFEIS – FEIS July 2003. This was the study completed by the Navy. An OLF was determined to not be required for operations at NAS Oceana. The OLF is being considered to provide operational flexibility and to mitigate the noise impacts on the communities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. Then go to the Hampton Roads Joint Land Use Study. Read the Summary Page 1. The cities of Hampton Roads joined together with the Navy to accommodate growth and economic sustainability. And that the three airfield contribute billions to their economy. In order for Virginia Beach and Chesapeake to continue their growth they needed to “Pursue development of an additional Outlying Landing Field in North Carolina” This is in chapter 5 , page 5-9. The problem here is the local communities of North Carolina was left out of this partnership. North Carolina communities had no idea this was going on. Is this right?
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on May 20, 2009 at 07:15 AM
    Roger: Ft AP Hill and Pickett are further north and the NAVY wants an area between Oceana and Cherry Point.AP Hill is also a major firing range and to have planes flying through live fire might not be the best option.Pickett is more of a ground unit training area, not a n airfield.Open Grounds Farms, from what I see,has no military presence at all.I may be wrong but I did not see anything about a military force there and I do not know of any other existing OLF sites in NC.
  • by Roger Location: nc on May 19, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    The United States government owns most of the land in the country. The Navy has been given other military facilities with thousands of acres to accommodate this OLF such as Open Grounds Farms in NC, Ft. Pickett, VA. They own 46,000 acres at NC Dare Bombing range. They have other options such as Ft. AP Hill with almost 80,0000 acres. There are several OLF locations in NC existing. Why has the Navy not been required to do a study demonstrating the available capacity at these locations? After all, the Navy has said they need an OLF in the summer when the hours of darkness are limited. Its crazy, the Navy has gone from point A to point Z without even being required to show true need or assess options or assets currently in inventory. Shouldn’t taking of private land be a last resort?
  • by John Location: North Carolina on May 19, 2009 at 02:18 PM
    I read in the FEIS study the OLF was not an operational need but a need to mitigate noise in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. That is on page 1-1 of the FEIS study.
  • by Mike Location: NC Citizen on May 19, 2009 at 01:21 PM
    I know the Navy is willing to add other locations to the study, does anyone know how to go about this?
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on May 19, 2009 at 01:02 PM
    The bombing range in Dare county definitely has a potential to be be a good place for it.
  • by Mike Location: NC Citizen on May 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    The post about Dare bombing range is a great idea. The land is already owned by NAS Oceana and there are over 46,000 acres. Great idea.
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on May 19, 2009 at 12:23 PM
    Sorry Dave in Wilson and Charles in Hertford, but you are wrong. The NAVY has addressed all of those issues so your arguements about them are wrong.
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