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B-25s test at Douglas airport

Staff reports

If you’ve noticed every once in awhile this week it seems as though your house is going to fall apart as a massive military dinosaur flies overhead, don’t run for cover, it’s just a test.

Victor Redding of Douglas County airport administration said the planes are B-25s and Albatrosses based in Carson City. He said a Federal Aviation Administration representative is currently in Douglas County and pilots are flocking from all over the area to do check rides with the FAA official.

Jim Braswell of facilities operations for the airport said the FAA is in charge of the operation and that there is nothing the Minden/Tahoe Airport can do about the flights.

Redding said he did talk to the owner of the planes and he agreed to limit the fights in and out of the Minden/Tahoe Airport. Redding said the owner also agreed to use the Carson City and Yerington airports more often.

County Commissioner Jacques Etchegoyhen said he received a message from the airport saying a detailed noise abatement packet has been forwarded to the owner of the loud planes.

Although there still may be an occasional bomber flying overhead, Redding said the FAA won’t use the Minden/Tahoe Airport nonstop as a courtesy to residents.

Braswell said the check ride flights should be completed by midweek.