Travis airspace needs subject of further review
FAIRFIELD — Solano County officials continue their review this week of the needs of Travis Air Force as they pertain to the new assault landing zone that became operational early this year.
A $59 million project designed in 2005 saw completion in February of a renovated and enlarged runway along with the new assault landing zone at the base.
The 3,500-foot-long, 90-foot-wide assault landing zone runway is built to accommodate training flights for both C-17 and C-131 aircrews from Travis and other California bases, saving the Air Force an estimated $7.8 million a year in fuel and other costs now that the training can be completed in a more centralized location.
The Solano County Airport Land Use Commission will conduct a public hearing Thursday to consider authorizing staff to take action on two fronts:
- Begin work on a comprehensive update to the 2002 Travis Plan. This will include approving the general scope of work and conceptual time line, and authorizing staff to develop a detailed work program and budget for the update to include an option for a joint land use study.
- Begin developing recommendations for additional interim measures to protect the assault landing zone training area at the base. The goal would be to have recommendations available to the commission prior to the end of the year.
The commission meets at 7 p.m. at the Solano County Government Center in the Board of Supervisors chambers, 675 Texas St. in Fairfield.
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Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He has worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.