Here’s an email from Scott Towne, if you don’t know him he’s one of a couple of pilots that fly Mount Herman on a regular basis, Please read carefully, this is very important information if you are thinking of flying MH or thinking of making your XC flight down in that area. Please be advised!
Here is an email I received today from Dan Rund at the Air Force Academy. To any pilots thinking of flying MH, this reinforces the need to stay close in touch with the communication network and protocol we have established at Mt. Herman. I’ve asked Dan to add the email for our group on Google but until I figure out how to automatically post the notifications from the AFA on FB, make sure you join the Google Groups version of Elevation Delegation. Don’t be a bug on the windshield of an F-15 and NEVER miss a TFR that may be in place. Always contact the tower with your flight plans.
Scott, It’s been a while since we talked. We’ve had an important update to our flyover ops here that I need to let you know about. The FAA approved higher speeds for our fighters (450 KIAS) and B-1s (with swept wings to .9Mach) if we implement a TFR for their operations. This means that we will be requesting TFRs anytime we plan flyovers above 300 KIAS. Our TFR box will stop short of Mt Herman and we will still encourage our pilot to head toward Monument Lake after leaving their flyover target, however, these aircraft will most likely attempt climb to 10,000 MSL so that they are in compliance with FARs at those airspeeds. I remember seeing some of your pilots operating up to 13,500 when I went out to watch you on Mt Herman so this could still be an issue for your pilots especially at higher altitudes. Can you let me know if you have any additional email address of pilots that operate from Mt Herman beyond those identified below so that we can be sure to notify them of all of our Flyovers. Also, can you tell me if all of your pilots check the FAA TFRs before they fly. It’s a safety thing regarding our flyover operations but it might be a serious fine for busting a Presidential TFR which is pretty huge (a 30NM outer ring). Mt Herman falls well within a COS Presidential TFR and might also fall within a Denver visit depending on what area the President is staying or giving a speech at.
If you do fly MH please follow these instructions.