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Air Force studying changes to training areas in rural Arizona

The U.S. Air Force is starting to research the environmental impact of proposed changes to flight training areas in rural Arizona. 

The study will consider places that allow military aircraft to fly at lower altitudes and practice later at night for training.

The alternatives could change flight restrictions in areas northwest of Phoenix, southwest of Tucson, and in eastern Arizona extending into New Mexico. 

The training areas are used for aircraft from Luke and Davis-Monthan Air Force Bases and the Morris Air National Guard Base. 

Along with lower flight paths, the Air Force could release flares at lower altitudes and allow for supersonic flights in half of the areas. 

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.