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U.S. military flight regulations enforced less strictly in Okinawa than Europe

Monday’s Ryukyu Shimpo led with a finding that the implementation of USAF flight regulations to mitigate noise pollution in the vicinity of bases appears be less stringent in Okinawa than installations in Europe. According to an analysis of flight-related instruction manuals issued by base commanders, including those of Kadena AB, Aviano AB in Italy, Ramstein AB in Germany, and RAF Lakenheath in the UK, flights for some types of training are permitted until midnight at Kadena in the summer despite a bilateral noise prevention accord banning flights from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. In contrast, similar regulations at the European installations appear to be more strictly observed in part because local aviation laws apply to U.S. military flights, which is not the case in Japan. The daily stressed that the flight regulations at the USAF bases in these European countries are defined more strictly to specify the aircraft models and the types of flights that can be exempted from standard rules and require the approval of the host country for flights conducted at irregular hours.   




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