FAIRFIELD — Leaders from Travis Ar Force Base and Solano County will come together Tuesday to begin the process of updating key documents that help protect the Air Force mission at Travis.
Base officials are scheduled to update the Board of Supervisors on the current missions at the base, including the assault landing zone and the need to update the Airport Installation Compatibility Use Zone to be consistent with low-level tactical approaches and departures within the new assault landing zone airspace.
The airspace lies generally between the base and Highway 12 and involves low-level tactical flight – at a minimum altitude of 500 feet, according to a staff report. Travis officials have identified the potential need to add height limitations in the assault landing zone area.
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 Board of Supervisors meets at 9 a.m. at the Solano County Government Center in the Board of Supervisors chambers, 675 Texas St. in Fairfield.
The Solano County Airport Land Use Commission, meanwhile, 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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