...California PR Campaign Launched

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The Navy may have learned something in the PR department with its attempt to create an MOA in California's Central Valley. AOPA says the Navy has launched a "sophisticated campaign" to establish the MOA over Lemoore Naval Air Station near Fresno. Williams said there is already plenty of special-use airspace in the area and no need for any more. The new area would be 30 miles wide and 70 miles long with vertical limits of 5,000 to 35,000 feet. "And the Navy is getting its ducks in a row on this one," according to AOPA's Web site. "They have begun a sophisticated public outreach, including a Web site, and have already convinced some California legislators to introduce resolutions supporting the MOA." Not everyone is convinced, however. The Navy is inviting comments on the proposal. The city of Hanford, whose airport is within the proposed MOA, sees the designation as a "restrictive presence for both VFR and IFR traffic transiting the area." In a letter to the Navy, the city asks that a GA corridor be established or that the base of the MOA be raised to 15,000 feet.