Michigan Air National Guard seeks input on airspace plan

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GRAYLING, Mich. (AP) The Michigan Air National Guard is seeking input on a plan to update military training airspace around an aerial gunnery range in northern Michigan that could change noise levels in surrounding communities.

The proposal would create new military operating areas in the Alpena Special Use Airspace Complex. That site is the military’s largest training zone east of the Mississippi River and includes the Grayling Aerial Gunnery Range.

The National Guard says current military operating areas were established 50 years ago and are too small for modern aircraft.

The plan would apply to parts of Alpena, Crawford, Montmorency, Otsego, Presque Isle, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.

The National Guard is currently gathering concerns from municipalities. A 45-day comment period will also open once plans are finalized in the next few months.