Air Guard Special Landings Expand During Trial Period

Wednesday, April 26

Observations are invited as Oregon Air National Guard expands a special landing procedure at Portland International Airport during a six-month trial period beginning May 1.

Called a continuous descent overhead approach, the tactical maneuver increases pilot safety when landing in actual combat situations, and lands aircraft more efficiently through a faster landing procedure.

The Port of Portland Noise Management Office supports the test as it allows the Oregon Air National Guard to perform important training and reduces aircraft time in the air. Oregon Air National Guard has conducted the special landings at PDX since October 2009.

During the trial period, community members are invited to share any observations with the noise management office at 503.460.4100 from Oregon, 800.938.6647 from Washington, or More information on the trial project is also available from the noise management office.

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