IR721 scheduled today 1645-1745L & 1930-2145L, 7-28-2020

spacellamaman

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So the Military Training Route, IR721, is blocked out twice (technically thrice) today, but of note is a very long continuous time block, 2 hours 15 min, which I haven't seen before. This could mean all sorts of things but seems worthy of a mention for anyone in the Piedmont area along the route. If you haven't seen em on the route before, or have been disappointed by a no-show, today is looking pretty good from a statistical POV.


Required (tho not always done) reporting points/freqs
126.275/291.9 KVUJ between Pt. H-I (Lexington to Troy leg)
307.8 for CLT sometime after Pt. I but before SC
318.1 after crossing into SC

238.650 heard as A2A on a multi-ship run once
236.000 the freq used prior to switching to above same

anyone wanting to double check my arithmetic can feel free:

 

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Soooo, yesterday and today has seen a flurry of schedulings for IR721. Some posted and removed, to be replaced by others before the time for the first arrived. the current list is as follows:

IR IR721_A_K 09/03/2020 16:45 09/03/2020 17:45 ZJX 003 080 MTR / AR
LOCAL TIME 1245 1345


IR IR721_A_K 09/03/2020 23:15 09/04/2020 00:00 ZJX 003 080 MTR / AR
LOCAL TIME 1915 2000


IR IR721_A_K 09/04/2020 00:00 09/04/2020 00:45 ZJX 000 080 MTR / AR
LOCAL TIME 2000 2045


VR VR1721_A_I 09/03/2020 18:00 09/03/2020 18:45 ZDC 003 015 MTR / AR
LOCAL TIME 1400 1445

The occasion i first posted this, might i add, i saw nor monitored any activity on said route. while i have caught a C-17 since then, on the route, at the correct listed time, including that one run, made it a 1 for 6 record for the past couple of months. *grinds teeth*.

so why am i bothering ya'll with this? cause this is the first time i have seen a posting for VR1721, ever. in fact from the AP1B listing for VR1721:

Special Operating Procedures:
(1) VR-1721 will not be flown unless the aircrew has filed for
IR-721 and IFR procedural problems are encountered.


and so it's a bit confusing, especially since this was scheduled yesterday. for those non-nerds out there who don't know, VR1721 is the exact same route as IR721 but with different flying parameters, like being allowed to do terrain following with less restriction, tha good stuff.

it is also listed as Pt A-I instead of the whole thing, Pt I being just outside of Troy. It could be anyone on it today, but i will mention that a number of times when IR721 was scheduled it turned out to be our good friend EPIC (KCLT ANG C-17) who about half the time will call into KVUJ (Stanly) after H, request the tower cancel the route for them, continue to Pt I and then come in for some pattern work at KVUJ.

So we'll see :)
 
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