California Town Receives Approval for Aerobatics Box – Airplanes

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a waiver for an aerobatics box in south Tracy, California, about 1,000 feet south of the previous box that expired in 2004. It is thought that this new location will appease residents who complained that the noise from the aerobatic planes was extreme. The new permit expires in December of 2008.

Flight Standards approved the new box which is one square mile between 500 and 4,000 feet above the ground. It is located east of the Tracy Municipal Airport near an airport in Calaveras County and the New Jerusalem Airport. The permit was issued to the International Aerobatics Club Number 38. The group plans to hold a community outreach during such time people will have the opportunity to get close to the planes and speak with the pilots. It is hoped this will spur interest in flying.