Bill Aims To Stop Low-Flying Air Force Flights

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – Two Colorado lawmakers are sponsoring a bill aimed at preventing low-altitude military flights over a large portion of the state.

The bill from Reps. Wes McKinley and Edward Vigil tries to do that by reinforcing property rights of people affected by the flights.

The Durango Herald reports that the definition of property would include air space up to 500 feet above the ground. The Air Force would have to prove in court why it needs to fly over the property before it could use the space.

The Air Force has proposed low-flying training flights from Grand Junction and Aspen in western Colorado to Albuquerque and from the Arizona and Utah borders to La Junta in southeastern Colorado. It says the terrain is similar to what pilots encounter in Afghanistan

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  • Jay Corbett

    If the Air Force has to prove everything in Colorado courts then why don’t they just pack up close every military base in Colorado and we’ll suffer the loss of economic dollars in the millions that give a infusion to our economy.

    • Brett

      lol Never going to happen Jay. It’s more likely that the military follows the Law which they are supposed to defend if the courts deem the definition of property ownership to be true. This sounds like a similar situation to mineral rights versus surface rights.

  • RB Gifford

    Let me guess–which political party are these two anti-military guys from?

    • Kurt Malerich

      The same party that wants to give our country to the muslims and their sharia law.

  • themama

    Oh for pete’s sake. This is silly. The real noise makers are the train’s that roll through all hours of the day and night blarring their horns because a few people didn’t have the sense to not cross train tracks or turn down their radios…. So entire neighborhoods and towns all over the state have to endure the blarring and these two are worried abotu jet flying around once in a while.

  • K G

    Another example of someone who needs to be voted out of office and stamp with the STUPID forehead stamp on their way out. Really tired of stuped politicians…..

  • Shawn

    I argee with all of you.. So I guess we in Colorado arent allowed to be secure– I mean we are land locked.. PLEASE GET REALLY you IDIOT.. Again politics trying to “Help” a state..

  • Neil

    The legislature will realize that these two so-called public servants are complete morons and this will never make it to a vote….or will they?

  • Dom

    I live in south east Aurora, a neighbor complained about jet from Buckley AFB flying low over our community at 10:00 AM.

    I love the sound, It’s the sound of Freedom!!!!!

  • Brett

    While there are a few interesting points in the comments section. A property owner has rights that should not be allowed to be infringed on at a whim. The military should have to file a request just like anyone else would if they are making louder than safe noise within someone else’s property. It will be interesting to see if the “500 ft” definition stands up in court.

    Remember, commenters: The military may be there to defend your freedom, but they should never be considered above the same laws you and I abide by. If they want to trespass on your property, they should be required to provide evidence to a judge as to why there is valid reason. I’m sure if the reason is valid a just judge will allow it.

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