Posts Tagged: Aircraft

Legislators step in on military aircraft noise

As the Marine Corps proposes to expand in Hawaiʻi, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports that even the military communities in Kailua and Kāneʻohe are already complaining about aircraft noise and safety.  William Cole writes “Legislators step in on military noise” (August 12, 2012): Resident complaints about noise from close-flying military planes and helicopters using the… Read more »

Opposition to MV-22 Ospreys grows

Photo: Walter Ritte From different sectors of the community there is growing opposition to the proposed stationing of MV-22 Osprey and Cobra attack helicopters at Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe Bay and their plans to train across the islands. Molokai residents are mobilizing against the Marine Corps proposal to station Ospreys tilt-rotor aircraft and Cobra… Read more »

Osprey crashes, Japanese city rejects Osprey, and Marines want to bring Osprey to Hawai’i?

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that”Marines’ copter plan raises fear of noise” (June 12, 2012): The public has nearly a month to weigh in on Marine Corps plans to station MV-22 tiltrotor Osprey and H-1 Cobra and Huey attack-utility helicopter squadrons at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, but any community opposition likely will boil down to… Read more »

Searching for answers and accountability in recent military aircraft crashes

In April 9, 2010, an Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft crashed in Afghanistan killing four people. Almost two years to the day after the crash in Afghanistan, the AP reported “Two U.S. troops die in helicopter crash in Morocco” (April 11, 2012): Two U.S. Marines were killed and two severely injured in the crash of a hybrid… Read more »

“Message from Yambaru: Takae, Okinawa”

This short video shows the beautiful Yanbaru rainforest in northern Okinawa that is impacted by U.S. helicopter and jungle warfare training. The residents are fighting against the expansion of the helicopter activities, including the stationing of Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.  They have been encamped outside the military site for several years to block construction. The Marines… Read more »

Send in the Choppers?

Here’s a report from recent hearings for proposed Marine Corps helicopter expansion plans that were held on Hawai’i island: Send in the Choppers? Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 Marines unveil EIS for more helicopters here. By Alan D. McNarie The Marines were back in town last week, holding meetings in Waimea and Hilo to get… Read more »

Japanese military official fired for comparing base construction to ‘rape’ as Yanbaru forest comes under new attack

Ten Thousand Things blog just published an excellent update on the firing of a Japan Defense Ministry representative who compared the U.S. military construction in Okinawa to “rape.”  There is good background information links on the page for the tense situation in Takae, a forest area in northern Okinawa threatened with expansion of helicopter landing… Read more »

Costly aircraft suggests cuts won’t be easy

The New York Times published an interesting article that delves a little into the politics of the military-industrial-congressional complex and how difficult it will be to cut military programs in order to reduce the federal budget.  They focus on one example, the troubled Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, which is being proposed to be stationed at the… Read more »

Windward Residents Sound Off Against Military Fleet

Source: Windward Residents Sound Off Against Military Fleet Noise Increase Tops Concerns POSTED: 9:52 pm HST August 26, 2010 HONOLULU — The military is proposing to move-in 24 Osprey aircrafts to the Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, along with 18 Cobra attack choppers and nine Huey helicopters. On Thursday night, windward residents spoke… Read more »