NORAD Exercise Planned for D.C. on Sunday, Involves Gyrocopters


The North American Aerospace Defense Command has scheduled a training exercise, involving gyrocopters and ultralight aircraft, in the skies above Washington, D.C. on Sunday morning.

Sunday’s exercise, named Falcon Virgo 15-13, will incorporate four of these small aircraft into a training scenario.

The flights are scheduled to occur during two separate intervals between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.. According to a NORAD news release, the aircraft will be flying within the FAA-established Special Flight Rules Area and may be visible to the public. Military aircraft are not expected to be visible for this exercise. This training exercise is designed to test NORAD’s ability to identify and track low altitude, slow speed aerial vehicles operating in and around Washington, D.C.  According to NORAD, there are no plans to intercept the aircraft.

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