Continued Use of Edwards Restricted Airspace

Summary

SCH Number
2021080461
Lead Agency
United States Air Force (USAF)
Document Title
Continued Use of Edwards Restricted Airspace
Document Type
EA - Environmental Assessment
Received
Present Land Use
Various
Document Description
Project is the continued use of the airspace that comprises the 1,812-square-mile Edwards Restricted Airspace and the test ranges located within it. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to ensure that the U.S. Air Force (USAF) continues to have combat-ready aircraft to provide for the national defense. The Air Force Test Center (AFTC) conducts and analyzes test missions and reports on flight and ground testing of aircraft, weapons systems, software, components, modeling, and simulation for the USAF, which must continually test aircraft to evaluate technology improvements and to provide advanced training. Activities conducted include testing aircraft flight characteristics, new software for various uses, new radar functions, towed objects (e.g., targets, sensor arrays), engine performance, drop cargo methods and procedures, new fuels, refueling activities equipment, aircraft modifications, new avionics, and concealment and countermeasures, as well as conducting pilot training and jump training. The USAF must have the ability to meet on-going and evolving testing and evaluation needs. The EA provides an environmental analysis of the continued use of the airspace.

Contact Information

Name
Gary Hatch, Public Affairs
Agency Name
U.S. Air Force, 412th Test Wing, Edwards AFB
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
Barstow, California City, Palmdale
Counties
Kern, Los Angeles, San Bernardino
Regions
Southern California, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
SR-58, US-395
Zip
93524
Total Acres
1,812 sq miles
Parcel #
various
State Highways
SR-58
Railways
various
Airports
Edwards AFB, Calif City, Boron
Schools
none known
Waterways
none
Township
multi
Range
multi
Section
multi
Base
San Bern
Other Location Info
Kern, San Bernardino, Los Angeles Counties

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Types
Other (Continued Use of Airspace)
Local Actions
Airspace Use
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Airspace and Safety
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, District 9 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights

Attachments

Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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