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November 09, 2012

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YAAS improvements enhance capabilities to handle large aircraft

More large cargo aircraft will be able to use Young Air Assault Strip (YAAS) at Fort McCoy simultaneously after an improvement project is complete.
PHOTO: Personnel from the Gerke Excavation Company work on relocating the taxiway at the Young Air Assault Strip. Photo by Rob Schuette
Personnel from the Gerke Excavation Company work on relocating the taxiway at the Young Air Assault Strip.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)

YAAS is a semi-improved aircraft landing strip, which can support the landing and take-off of C-17 and C-130 cargo airplanes.

Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy Range officer, said a project is under way at the YAAS facility to relocate the taxiway further away from the runway.

Also included in the project is a ramp area, with all work scheduled to be completed by the end of November.

The intent is to be able to accommodate additional aircraft, he said.

“Before these improvements, we could only handle one large aircraft at a time at YAAS,” Hoff said. “If a plane broke down on the runway, it caused a break in training.”

This was caused by the old taxiway being too close to the runway.

The new taxiway and ramp offer other alternatives. Hoff said if a plane breaks down on the runway, the plane can be moved to the taxiway or ramp and training can continue.

Likewise, planes can move from the runway to the taxiway or ramp, which will free the runway and enable additional takeoffs or landings, he said.

This could help support an exercise or allow units to land more planes on the YAAS runway, he said.

“The enhancement to the area will increase the training capabilities available at YAAS,” Hoff said. “That hopefully will lead to more units using it and help increase the number of military personnel training at Fort McCoy.”

The Gerke Excavation Company of Tomah, Wis., is doing the project work under a contract awarded by the Directorate of Public Works.

For more information about scheduling YAAS, personnel can call Range Scheduling at 608-388-3721 or 388-4142.

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