No OLF in Surry, VA

17 02 2009

I understand the need to build a new OLF. Fentress is full an pilots cannot be trained properly at Oceana. I also understand that nobody wants it near them. It increases noise. I destroys the tranquility that residents have know for generations. It destroys historical landmarks. It destroys cemeteries. We have to pick a location that will be the lesser of the evils. We must pick a site that will harm the fewest number of people. That site is not Surry, VA. The Cabins Point site in Surry is located less than 10 miles from the City of Claremont. It is also located less than 10 miles from Pipsico Scout Reservation. For those of you unfamiliar with it, Pipsico SR is operated by Tidewater Council, the Boy scout Council that serves Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Northeast North Carolina. The camp is over 50 years old. It is a great summer camp and provides Hampton Roads youth with an activity and an experience that they would not have normally. A Surry OLF would cause too much of a disturbance to the Scout Camp for it to continue quality operations. Who would pay to come to camp if all you can hear are jets all day? Please NAVY, locate the OLF at another location. We have so much technology, why not build a floating OLF? It does not have to be complex. This is not even a new idea. Google ‘floating landing strip patents.’ It can be done. No encroachment. Perfect simulation of an aircraft carrier. It can be much longer than a carrier to compensate for errors in training. Best yet, it can be completely movable to use in different areas of the east coast, potentially saving costs in moving a carrier.

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