Senate Pulls OLF Ban For Northeastern N.C.

Those opposed to building a Navy outlying landing field in northeastern North Carolina have lost one battle in Congress.

Thursday the U.S. Senate gave final approval for the National Defense Authorization Act, without language that would have barred an OLF in the northeast corner of the state. The bill now goes to the president for his signature.

The House had included language that would have prohibited an OLF in either Camden or Gates counties, that was pushed by Congressman Walter Jones. That provision was taken out during a conference committee between the House and Senate.

The Navy wants to build an OLF in either northeastern North Carolina or southeastern Virginia to allow Navy and Marine Corps jets to practice landings on a mock aircraft carrier.

“I am disappointed that the Senate did not include the language I authored in the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act removing the Hale’s Lake and Sandbanks sites from consideration for the OLF. I will continue to fight for this effort and I appreciate the support from Senator Burr, Senator Hagan, and Congressman Butterfield,” said Congressman Jones.


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  • by Ed Location: Fountain, NC on Oct 25, 2009 at 11:55 AM
    I have talked to some DOD personel and discussed why not have the OLF connected with the already existing US Navy and US Air Force bombing range property. I may mean more flights in the region, but military aircraft are already operating there anyway (thankfully). In my opinion it would not only serve the purpose intended, but also would benefit the Hyde / Dare economically. I firmly believe in the strongest military possible, and this would be a boost to both parties. A F-18 Hornett, or F-15 Srike Eagle has a sound of security to me.
  • by PatrickH Location: North Carolina on Oct 24, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    The Navy has claimed to be open and transparent yet they delay a study that has kept many communities hanging on the line for over two years. They state in the Notice of Intent that they are over capacity at Fentress 63% but have given not documentation to back this up publicly. They state Fentress alone cannot fully support training requirements of home-based and transient aircraft from NAS Oceana and NS Norfolk Chambers Field. Yet the Navy will not give the actual FCLP numbers that Oceana does to meet the training requirements. The Navy‘s numbers in their last 2003 study said, “Oceana only gets used 5 times per year to support FCLP requirements”. We are in a poor economy and we are not using our federal facilities to their fullest capacity. How can anyone justify taking new land when there is federal facilities already available? Closed door government cost more and corrupts politics.
  • by voter Location: nc on Oct 22, 2009 at 06:01 PM
    it's not the goose, it's not the swan, it's the resultant crash and loss of control of a warplane interacting with a large airborne fowl. it's the potential loss of life and property in a now heavily populated area. go back enough years and manhatten island was beautiful and countrylike, today it's just not the place for a quiet stroll through the forest. times change. new hazards emerge. act accordingly.
  • by No Ban on Oct 22, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    This thing should have been passed a long time ago 10 minus years.These fighter jets have always flown over here since I was a toddler.I am 44 now when I here my tax paying dollars fly over me with such security I WILL NOT VOTE AGAINST TO SECURE OUR USA'sFUTURE!I try to understand where my fellow citizens are coming from on this issue.All I can get from it is a SWAN or a GOOSE FROM CANADA Or the same noise that we have been getting for the last 40 plus years.
  • by voter Location: nc on Oct 22, 2009 at 04:17 PM
    not true ron; i'm not an obama supporter, and the placement of an olf in a major migratory flyway is folly. remember the jet in the hudson river, ingested some geese?? how do you feel about an F-18 in your bedroom after it eats a few geese? they just don't glide well, no matter how proficient the pilot.
  • by Ron Location: Merritt, NC on Oct 22, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    Personally, the roar of jet aircraft overhead makes me know that these terrific young pilots are practicing to keep us free, and I am not disturbed by the noise at all. You people who are opposing the OLF show an amazing lack of patriotism, and are probably all Obama voters!
  • by Bill Location: Ferry on Oct 22, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    YES!!
  • by Sherry on Oct 22, 2009 at 01:17 PM
    WITN-Do a little investigative journalism and find out who exactly decided to remove this important language from the bill. Maybe Jones' office could provide information on that?
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