It's All About the Love
Let us clear up some confusion that seems to be surrounding our group's mission. We are not anti-Navy and do not want any aircrafts removed from the Coronado community. We understand the importance of training pilots and making sure they get in the practice needed to gain their essential experience. All we are asking for is that the Navy move the flight path a little further offshore, as they were before the random 2012 change. This is not asking much and will take very little effort on their part. We want the Navy to be cognizant of the potential dangers of a residential crash, and that leaving the flights paths as is will contiunue to put our our children, families, and homes in unnecessary potential danger.
In 2012, the Navy arbitrarily decided, for no apparent reason, to reposition the North Island Accident Potential Zone (APZ) that was used since 1984, without any input from the residents of Coronado. In doing so, they moved the flight paths much further inland, creating a new APZ crash-zone that hovers over hundreds of residential homes, the Hotel del Coronado, and thousands of tourists on the beach. If an aircraft crashed into this newly designated APZ crash-zone, the aftermath would be devastating.
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As you can see, the Aqua Blue dotted/dash lines in the overhead photo on the right, show the APZ crash-zone that existed in 1984. At that time, only a few houses were under the APZ crash-zone, with most the zone significantly over the beach and the Pacific Ocean. As aforementioned, in 2012, the Navy unilaterally decided to change the APZ crash-zone to the current Orange APZ crash-zone section, putting hundreds of residential homes, and the people that live in them, in danger.
The previous APZ crash-zone worked just fine from 1984-2012. This repositioning made absolutely no sense, and it dramatically increased the potential for risk, as well as air & noise pollution exposure, to thousands of residents. What was the need to move the flight path? A good explanation for this change is nowhere to be found, and more importantly, there was clearly no community involvement or residential input allowed by the Navy in this matter. The image below helps capture just how much residential and beach coverage the new APZ crash-zone actually covers, including multiple homes now located in the most dangerous "Clear Zone"...
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Again, Safer and Quieter absolutely supports the Navy and appreciates everything the Navy has done for our country. Many members are active or retired Navy/Marine/Army, from enlisted to officers, bringing to our campaign the wisdom and experience they gained during their service. Many are even former pilots. Our only request is for the Navy to return to the 1984 flight paths where most of the APZ crash-zone coverage is over the Pacific Ocean and not the people of Coronado.
The bottom line is that as a town, Coronado has shown the Navy a lot of love... and as a town, all we want is a little "love" back from the Navy. Check out the great news video provided by KGTV Channel 10 News regarding the APZ crash-zone change below.