FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Date:  Mon. 11/10/14

 

A TUCSON FORWARD SURVEY OF 17 TUCSON ZIP CODES SHOWS STRONG SUPPORT (63%) FOR LIMITING MILITARY FLIGHTS OVER THE CITY, revealing lack of public confidence in the Air Force Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) with its highly controversial "Finding of No Significant Impact". The DEA claims that there will be no significant impact on Tucson from the increased overflights and much louder, riskier jets the Air Force (AF) plans to fly over Tucson.

 

DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE AF DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT IS NOVEMBER 24TH. Public should email comments to: 355fw.pa.comment@us.af.mil

 

TUCSON FORWARD, INC. (TFI) ("Background/History" attached) is releasing the results of its extensive, in-depth survey of 17 Tucson zip codes containing the 46 neighborhoods most heavily impacted by military overflights from Davis-Monthan and from the Air National Guard (which flies out of a runway adjacent to Tucson International Airport).

 

The survey was designed and conducted specifically to determine the level of support or opposition (of residents under or near military flight paths), to the Air Force's plan to increase the number of overflights, and to bring in louder, riskier jet fighters, to fly over the most densely populated areas of Tucson.

 

Survey results (see first attachment) do not show public confidence in Air Force claims that there will be "No Significant Impact". It also contradicts SADA survey claims that even Tucson residents who live close to Davis Monthan and the Air National Guard (ANG) at Tucson International Airport (TIA) have no serious concerns about increased in frequency, risk, or noise from military overflights. The TFI survey contradicts SADA claims that the public supports bringing the F-35 here. According to the Air Force's own estimates, the F-35 is at least 4 times louder than any jets flown over Tucson to date.

 

TFI SURVEY RESULTS:

(See 3 attachments for full survey analysis & details on AF assessment & survey comparisons)

 

* A majority (53 to 57%) of respondents are opposed to overflights by louder, riskier jet

   fighters from D-M, and 56% oppose louder, riskier jets out of ANG at TIA.

 

* While there is strong support for D-M with current levels of overflights and current

   aircraft, support dramatically decreases by 53% (24 percentage points), with the

   prospect of the Air Force plan for Davis-Monthan to host louder, riskier jets.

 

* There is strong support (63%) for limiting overflight operations at D-M and ANG to

   those operations currently in place.

 

* A clear majority of respondents (66%) were unaware of the much larger direct

   economic contribution of the tourism industry to Tucson (4.6% of GDP), as compared

   to that of Davis-Monthan (2.6% of GDP).

 

CONTACTS:

 

Mary Schiltz, TFI President:  326-0140 < MARYadvocacy@msn.com>

Lee Stanfield, TFI Board Member:  256-4058 <simplee@cox.net>

http://tucsonforward.com/

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