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Military Flyovers

Postby rattler » Mon Feb 11, 2008 6:59 am

Alert 5 in todays issue points to a nice article about miliitary flyovers at sport events, of cause this discusses it for the US. Anybody in the know can contribute how this is handled in other nations? Rattler

SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel
DATE: FEB 10, 2008
BY: Josh Robbins
ALSO SEE: Flyovers: Valuable aids or flights of fancy? by same author

Flyover costs
Fuel, upkeep factor into flyover costs

There's an important caveat embedded in the instructions of Department of Defense Form 2535, the document that must be filled out when a team or a college requests a flyover or a parachute jump at one of its games.

"In all cases," it reads, "military participation must not interfere with military operations and training programs, and must be at no additional cost to the U.S. Government."

But is it true? Military officials acknowledge that it's expensive to operate their aircraft. There's a fuel cost involved. There's also the cost of maintenance.

The two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet, which became operational in 2002, costs $6,869 per flight hour to operate, including a fuel cost of $2,653, said Navy spokesman Lt. Cmdr. John Bernard.

The Army's UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters cost $4,687.15 to operate per flight hour, including fuel, depot maintenance and the crews' pay, said Maj. Tom McCuin, an Army spokesman. The AH-64A and AH-64DApache attack helicopters cost $8,441 and $9,267 per flight hour to operate, respectively.

Col. Alan Rutherford, the director of operations for theFlorida Air National Guard, said his planes' training sorties typically last one hour, 15 minutes, and that any fly-by that may occur would take up the "minority" of the time in the air.

"Anytime you fly a tactical fighter you're getting training," Rutherford said. "Obviously, the center of gravity in a training mission is going out doing the training over the water."

Robert Owen, a retired Air Force aviator and now a professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, said planes may spend just 10 to 15 minutes maneuvering for a flyover on a training flight. Using that example, four F/A-18F Super Hornets may spend, at most, a total of one hour in the air for flyover maneuvering. That would cost a total of $6,869.
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Re: Military Flyovers

Postby Sickbag » Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:10 pm

Anybody in the know can contribute how this is handled in other nations?
Here the UK we ban them. ... 293573.ece

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