General Flight Restrictions
Our flight restrictions for the airspace in Alaska come from the 11th Air Force Alaska Airspace Handbook, 6 Feb 2014.
Generally speaking, supersonic flight is authorized anywhere in the state above 30,000' MSL (Mean Sea Level).
Nearly all of the time, aircraft are found to be in compliance with the 30,000' altitude restriction. Unfortunately, a few times you may see aircraft at lower altitudes flying at subsonic speeds while another aircraft is going supersonic in the vicinity above 30,000'. Some naturally associate the sonic boom with the lower flying aircraft and get really upset. If a sonic boom ever causes actual damage though, then it was more than likely a lower flying aircraft and we need to hear about it to verify and then take the appropriate actions.
Restrictions Around Urban Areas
There seem to be a lot of misconceptions regarding authorization to go supersonic, particularly in the areas of Central, AK and Delta Junction, AK. Some people think that there is a No-Fly Zone 20 miles around their town, which is not true. Others just think that we are not allowed to go supersonic in their area, which is also not true. Here are the actual restrictions:
Delta Junction, AK:
Supersonic flight IS permitted above 30,000' EVERYWHERE.
In short, people should expect to hear sonic booms everywhere from aircraft flying above 30,000', especially during RED FLAG-Alaska.
How to File a Noise Complaint
If you would still like to file a noise complaint, you may call the 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office on Eielson at 907-377-2116 or send an email to email@example.com.
Please ensure you include the information below or we cannot accurately address your concern:
Type of complaint (select all that apply):
Noise in general
Damage to your property
Other (Please specify)
Let us know if you'd like a response. At your request, we'll call you or respond via e-mail if you supply an address and phone number.