Havre, Montana, airspace closed for National Defense
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has closed the airspace over Havre, Montana and declared it “National Defense Airspace.” according to a “NOTAM” alert from the FAA.
You can read the warning below in full or with this link.
A NOTAM is a “Notice to Air Missions” according to the FAA.
The warning comes just a short time after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that An unidentified object was shot down in Canadian airspace by a US fighter pilot, and the next day the US shot down an unidentified object near the coast of Alaska. It also comes a week after the US shot down a Chinese surveillance balloon. Authorities have not said what they believe the objects near Alaska and over Canada were.
According to CNNSome pilots said the object shot down near Alaska on Friday “interfered with their sensors” on the planes, and others said they “didn’t see any identifiable propulsion on the object and couldn’t explain how it stayed aloft.” .
However, it’s not clear if any of this is related to the Montana alert.
Here’s what you need to know:
The FAA wrote that the airspace over Havre, Montana was defined as “NTL DEFENSE AIRSPACE.”
The FAA’s alert warns of this Criminal charges may be brought against anyone violating the warning.
The warning says:
FDC 3/4763 ZLC PART 1 OF 3 MT..AIRSPACE HAVRE, MT..TEMPORARY FLIGHT RESTRICTIONS. PURSUANT TO 49 USC 40103(B)(3), THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION (FAA) CLASSIFIES THE AIRSPACE DEFINED IN THIS NOTAM AS “NTL DEFENSE AIRSPACE”. PILOTS FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING PROCESS MAY BE INTERCEPTED, HELD AND INTERVIEWED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT/SECURITY PERSONNEL.
ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL ACTION MAY ALSO BE TAKEN AGAINST A PILOT WHO FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS ANNOUNCED IN THIS NOTAM OR ANY SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS OR PROCEDURES: A) THE FAA MAY TAKEN ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION, INCLUDING CIVIL PENALTIES AND SUSPENSION OR OBJECTION OF AVIATORS; OR B) THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT MAY MAKE PUNITIVE CLAIMS, INCLUDING CLAIMS UNDER 49 USC SECTION 46307; C) THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT MAY USE LETHAL FORCE AGAINST THE AIRBORNE ACFT IF THE ACFT IS DETERMINED TO POSE AN IMMEDIATE SECURITY THREAT; OR D) UAS OPERATORS FAILING TO COMPLY WITH APPLICABLE AIRSPACE RESTRICTIONS ARE WARNING THAT PURSUANT TO SECTION 10 USC SECTION 130I AND 2302120020-PERM END PART 1 OF 3
FDC 3/4763 ZLC PART 2 OF 3 MT..AIRSPACE HAVRE, MT..TEMPORARY FLIGHT 6 USC SECTION 124N, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD), THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS), OR THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DOJ) MAY TAKING SECURITY MEASURES THAT RESULT IN INTERFERENCE, INTERFERENCE, POSSESSION, DAMAGE OR DESTRUCTION OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT THAT PRESENTS A CREDIBLE SECURITY THREAT TO PROTECTED PERSONNEL, FACILITIES OR ASSETS. PURSUANT TO 14 CFR 99.7, SPECIFIC SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS, ALL ACFT FLT OPS ARE PROHIBITED:WI AN AREA DEFINED AS 485411N1101823W TO 481105N1101922W TO 481145N1091337W TO 485516N1091407W. SFC-34.000′ MSL APPLIES IMMEDIATELY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
EXCEPTIONS: A) NATIONAL SECURITY ACFT OPS UNDER THE DIRECTORATE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE; AND B) LAW ENFORCEMENT, AIR AMBULANCE AND OTHER URGENT GOVERNMENT ACTIONS ACFT OPS WITH APPROVAL FROM ATC (ATC MUST SECURE PRIOR APPROVAL FROM THE NATIONAL TACTICAL SECURITY OPERATIONS AIR TRAFFIC SECURITY COORDINATOR ON DUTY). 2302120020-PERM END PART 2 OF 3 FDC 3/4763 ZLC PART 3 OF 3 MT..AIRSPACE HAVRE, MT..TEMPORARY FLIGHT ALL AIRCRAFT ALREADY WITHIN THE DEFINED AIRSPACE WHEN THIS TFR COMES INTO EFFECT MUST THE AREA EXIT THE FASTEST ROUTE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SAFETY AND IN COORDINATION WITH ATC AS APPROPRIATE. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TEL 850-283-5242 IS THE CDN FACILITY. 2302120020-PERM END PART 3 OF 3
Havre, Montana has historic national defense significance.
“Following the detonation of an atomic bomb by the Soviet Union in 1949 and the start of the Korean War in 1950, tensions between the United States and the USSR increased. To prevent a surprise attack, the US Air Force set up a radar network to protect American airspace.” says the Historical Marker Database.
“Using the most advanced computer and radar technology available, dedicated Air Force officers and aviators manned stations in some of the country’s most remote locations. Havre Air Force Station, about thirty miles northwest of here, was one of eight radar stations in Montana.
The FAA’s warning in Havre, Montana comes after two unidentified objects were shot down near Alaska and over Canada
The alert in Havre, Montana, comes after two unidentified objects were shot down by the United States over territorial waters off the coast of Alaska and in Canadian airspace on Friday and Saturday.
Earlier on Saturday February 11, 2023, Trudeau wrote in his tweet that the United States shot down an object over Canadian airspace.
“I ordered the downing of an unidentified object that violated Canadian airspace. @NORADCommand shot down the object over the Yukon. Canadian and US aircraft were confused and a US F-22 successfully fired on the object,” Trudeau wrote in the tweet.
Trudeau also tweeted“I spoke to President Biden this afternoon. Canadian forces will now recover and analyze the debris from the object. Thank you NORAD for keeping watch over North America.”
Anita Anand, Canada’s Secretary of Defense, tweeted about the object on Saturday, writing: “Today a @NORADCommand plane shot down an unidentified object that violated Canadian airspace. Canadian and US aircraft were confused and a US F-22 fired on the object. I discussed this with @SecDef Austin and reiterated that we will always defend our sovereignty together.”
On Friday, February 10, 2023, John Kirby, a White House spokesman, confirmed in a press conference that the US shot down an object over the water off the coast of Alaska.
He said authorities don’t know what the object is, where it came from or who owns it, saying in the press conference: “We call this an ‘object’ because that’s the best description we have right now.”
He described the Alaskan object as “much, much smaller than the spy balloon” and not “manoeuvrable” unlike the Chinese surveillance balloon shot down off the coast of South Carolina last week.
Authorities have not identified the last two objects as balloons.
According to Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder, also spoke at a press conference on Friday The Alaskan object was a “high altitude airborne object” the size of a small car that flew at an altitude of 40,000 feet and could have endangered civilian aircraft.
CONTINUE READING: Watch videos of the launch of the Chinese spy balloon.
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