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NORAD to conduct exercise flights over southern Louisiana

By NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs | December 13, 2012

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct exercise flights today as they practice intercept and identification procedures. Exercise flights will take place over Louisiana, off the coast of New Orleans. Although they are scheduled for early morning, the exercise flights could be delayed due to weather.

Those in and around the coastal areas between Lafayette and New Orleans may hear and/or see NORAD-controlled fighter jets in close proximity to a military or military contracted aircraft that will be taking on the role of intercepted aircraft.

In order to test responses, systems and equipment, NORAD continuously conducts exercises with a variety of scenarios, including airspace restriction violations, hijackings and responding to unknown aircraft. All NORAD exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled.

NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout Canada and the U.S. since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001.

NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for Canada and the United States. The command has three subordinate regional headquarters: the Alaskan NORAD Region at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; the Canadian NORAD Region at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

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For more information about NORAD intercept procedures, refer to the FAA website at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/ATpubs/AIM/Chap5/aim0506.html.