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Transferring training of Osprey aircraft to other places has no effect, while the total number of take-off and landing operations increases at Futenma

Transferring training of Osprey aircraft to other places has no effect, while the total number of take-off and landing operations increases at Futenma

The OPG's official Takekuni Ikeda (center l) announced the results of the investigation on take-offs and landings of the aircraft based at the U.S. Futenma Air Station, on the morning of April 21, at the prefectural government office in Naha.


April 21, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) announced on April 21 the results of a survey on take-offs and landings of U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, which was conducted for the first time.  

The OPG conducted the investigation at the Futenma base during the period from March 6 to 17. Six MV-22 Osprey aircraft and three CH-53 helicopters moved away from Okinawa for the training. During the period, the number of take-offs and landings of MV-22s decreased from 7.7 times to 5.3 times on average per day. However, the total number of take-offs and landings of all aircraft increased from 43. 8 times to 46.7 times.

The result of the survey showed that transferring training of Osprey aircraft to outside the prefecture had only a limited effect.

The OPG filmed take-off and landing operations with video cameras for two months from February to March and then analyzed the footage.

The total number of take-offs and landings was 2546, with CH-53 helicopters being 770, accounting for 30.2 percent of the total. The MV-22 Osprey aircraft was 447 times, accounting for 17.6 percent of the total number of take-offs and landings of all aircraft.

The number of take-offs and landings during the night after 10:00 p.m. for the period was 31.
The OPG's official Takekuni Ikeda said: "In order to reduce the burden, it is necessary to transfer training of other aircraft in addition to the Ospreys outside the prefecture. "

(English translation by T&CT)

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