Air Operations at Fort Hunter Liggett
By Cynthia McIntyreMay 22, 2020
Fort Hunter Liggett is one of four installations in the continental United States with a dirt airstrip suitable for C-17 landings and takeoffs. We can also support C-130 aircraft, both of which often involve loading and unloading equipment.In addition, the installation’s TUSI Army Heliport supports rotary wing aircraft and is often used as a staging base for firefighting apparatus during large wildland fires in the surrounding area. It also houses two emergency civilian-contracted medical evacuation helicopters which can transport injured service members to local hospitals within minutes. In addition, Fort Hunter Liggett firefighters train at TUSI to respond to aircraft fires using a dummy helicopter.Fort Hunter Liggett has restricted airspace from surface to 24,000 feet Above Ground Level (AGL). The installation controls the airspace up to 7000 AGL on a 24-hour basis, which allows for live fire activities without having civilian air traffic interfere with military training. The airspace from 7,000 AGL to 24,000 AGL can be requested with a 24-hour notice.The installation has five Military Operations Areas which allow military operations and training with high performance aircraft from 200 feet AGL up to 24,000 AGL. Naval Air Station Lemoore uses the restricted airspace and military operational areas to conduct the Navy’s Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific.Fort Hunter Liggett has more than 30 drop zones. Five of those are Air Force-certified, which allows parachute operations for both American services and the British Royal Air Force.Fort Hunter Liggett is proud to support all branches of the military and our international allies.