Navy To Run Another Study On OLF Site

The decision to run another study about a potential outlying landing field site in Eastern Carolina has been deemed a waster of time and taxpayer money by the leader of the State Senate.

The Navy announced it will conduct another study on the effect an OLF would have on birds at Hales lake in Camden County. State Senate leader Marc Basnight wrote to members of the state's congressional delegation that the navy should save the money it would spend on studying Hales lake, since the people there do not want an OLF, according to the Daily Advance.

Also Monday, Camden and Currituck County Commissioners will hold a public hearing about the outlying landing field. It's at 3 this afternoon at the Currituck Cooperative Extension Office in Barco.

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  • by Joy Location: NC on Nov 30, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    RAINBOW... The OLF simulates the conditions of a pitch dark ocean...this is why no lights and a more desolate area (like the ones in Eastern NC) are needed for practice...The Navy pilots land on aircraft carriers. Regarding this issue I don't really have a strong opinion either way...just wanted to throw that in there ;)
  • by Ed Location: NC on Nov 25, 2009 at 10:06 AM
    Why won't the navy consider Fort Pickett at Blackstone VA. It is an existing base that was closed years ago and already has an airfield. Birds should not be an issue there and it would make more sense to use an existing resource than spend hundreds of millions in taxpayer money and displace people from their farms and homes. For the squadrons in Oceana, Fort Pickett would not be any further away than a site in Washington County NC where they wanted to originally put the OLF. There were dozens of base closures several years back, and I suspect many of them could be retrofitted to serve as an OLF. In this scenario, more than one OLF could be built in closer proximity to the squadrons using them, at a lower cost than aquiring new property for one OLF in a central location.
  • by Lisa Location: Elizabeth City, NC on Nov 24, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    What a waste of money. Another bird study in the migratory flyway zones. Waste, waste. They had 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 to study the birds. The Navy announced the sites in September 2007. The study was supposed to be released late summer 2009. What is going on?
  • by rainbow Location: Sandbanks on Nov 23, 2009 at 08:07 PM
    The excuse about darkness is bogus, if there are less lights for pilots wouldn't it be easier to pick a few lights as landmarks rather than hundreds surrounding an airstrip? It would be much easier to cheat and use scatter landmarks and lights rather than seeing a haze of lights, the pilots are supposed to use instrument panel, not lights or landmarks. The Navy just wants to ship the noise and pollution to NC and appease the residents of Virginia Beach.
  • by Michael Location: Moyock, NC on Nov 23, 2009 at 07:03 PM
    I live in the Hales site location and it is NOT dark. We have shopping centers, schools, churches, community centers and lots of neighborhoods all withing one or two miles of the proposed site. There are plenty of cues on the ground here. Its just a bad location that does not make sense.
  • by John Location: NC Citizen on Nov 23, 2009 at 06:54 PM
    Lee, Let me make this very clear, not only has almost every male member of my family served our country, I have lost family in Vietnam War. Our choice was to live away from the loud jet noise near Fentress. My former neighbors received over $6,000 for damages from the Navy, not us, we choose to move. BTW, Fentress is dark! Its about exporting the noise.
  • by Lee on Nov 23, 2009 at 02:57 PM
    The Navy needs a new OLF so carrier pilots can practice landing on the deck of a carrier in pitch black conditions. The remoteness of eastern North Carolina provides the pitch black conditions south eastern Virginia does not. The reason the Navy is interested in ENC in the first place is to save taxpayers money by flying the shortest possible distance to get the best training. Sometimes the defense of our great nation requires sacrifice and service from the general population as well as those who serve in the armed forces. Next time you complain about jet noise remember how comforting that sound is to marines from our own state serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. GO NAVY
  • by John Location: NC Citizen on Nov 23, 2009 at 02:43 PM
    check out this website and look at all the shenanigans Virginia has been up to.
  • by Tim Location: Kitty Hawk on Nov 23, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    Why is it that the state of Virginia doesn't want an OLF located in their state but, wants to keep the jets at oceana in Va Beach? They want to keep the economic benefits and send the problems to ENC. Move the jets to a base in NC and we'll provide on OLF in NC but, if VA wants to keep the jets, let them find a suitable spot for the OLF.
  • by BF Location: Greenville on Nov 23, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    Justin's right. Just stay away. Landowners don't want this. For those who will say that ENC needs the jobs, this won't create any jobs. An OLF will be staffed by Naval personnel. All this will bring to ENC will be noise, dead birds, and crashing airplanes.
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