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NORAD to conduct calibration flights in Washington D.C. – Baltimore area

UNRELEASED | February 10, 2014
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – North American Aerospace Defense Command, in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Homeland Security, will conduct calibration flights northwest of Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday (Feb. 12, 2014).
 
The calibration flights will be performed by a King Air aircraft flying circular patterns at 1,000 feet above ground level, and will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

 

These flights have been carefully planned and will be closely controlled.  The flights are intended to assist in calibration of NORAD systems and equipment, and will serve to refine and improve the command’s ability to respond to unknown and potentially threatening aircraft.
 
If the flights are cancelled for any reason, NORAD will attempt the flights again on Thursday (Feb. 13, 2014) at the same time and location.
 
NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides maritime warning, aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America.  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, Florida.
 
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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.

 

 

 



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