MCAS Yuma Range SOP STAO 3710.6J
- "Any proposed operations in the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range (R 2507) that include personnel on deck requires 60 day notification to Yuma Skeds accompanied by a Scheme of Maneuver/Overview. Director, MCAS Yuma Range Management concurrence will be required prior to approval of any airspace or ground RFMSS requests. Exceptions: MAWTS-1, EOTG and 3rd MAW."
TIME CHANGE – November 4th, 2018 Daylight Savings Time ends. At that time California will be one hour behind Arizona’s time. All ranges, whether in California or Arizona are scheduled in Arizona Local Time. Ensure your range request times are adjusted to reflect the time change, otherwise take the chance of your range not being properly scheduled. (Arizona to Zulu = AZ Local + 7 / California to Zulu = CA Local + 8)
Knowingly not showing up for your range and giving co-use is wrong. If not using your range you cannot give a co-use. It is a “No-Show”, for your unit. If giving the range to another unit, you shall cancel your range time. If the range time is on the same day, you must call Yuma Range to cancel. You cannot cancel same day ranges in RFMSS. The unit requesting the range shall submit a request in RFMSS.
- The correct way to enter a co-use on a request: The unit that has the airspace in a reserved/pending status will be the unit that shall make the co-use comment in their RFMSS request for each and every piece of airspace (see figure-1 below). If the unit giving the co-use does not cover the entire period needed for the requesting co-use unit, then the unit requesting the co-use shall enter a request for the additional time desired.
- R-2507 North – Range Closure – 17-20 January 2019 – The R-2507 North will be closed during this period for range maintenance and target insert for Summer Fury Exercise. Due to personnel on the range and explosive operations taking place, there will be no flights below 6,000 ft MSL. No ordnance and no laser operations will be authorized throughout the closure. For more information please contact Yuma Range Scheduling at 928-269-2214 or DSN 269-2214.
- R-2507 North – Target 15N Hazard – There are three permanent camera towers emplaced for scoring/BDA. These towers are 60 feet AGL, UNLGTD, and at the following coordinates outside the 15N polygon target area: TWR-1 33°19'30.212"N, 115°23'52.928"W/11S PS 49105 88469, TWR-2 33°17'59.640"N, 115°24'29.296"W/11S PS 48208 85665, TWR-3 33°18'20.841"N, 115°23'36.817"W/11S PS 49555 86339. All aviators are to proceed through this location with “CAUTION”. For additional information contact Mr. Alan Veasey DSN 269- 2214/5575, or Leg Iron 928- 269-7080. 15N WISS Air Field Obstructions
SWAT - 4 AREA:
- Please see the SWAT-4 range SPINS in the RFMSS Library under Range Cards.
R-2507 South – Range Closure – 14-16 January 2019 – The R-2507 South will be closed during this period for range maintenance and target insert for Summer Fury Exercise. Due to personnel on the range and explosive operations taking place, there will be no flights below 6,000 ft MSL. No ordnance and no laser operations will be authorized throughout the closure. There is a target restriction immediately following the closure for the purpose of target preservation in support of the Summer Fury Exercise. The restriction is: No high explosive ordnance on target 15 South authorized 17-20 January 2019. For more information please contact Yuma Range Scheduling at 928-269-2214 or DSN 269-2214.
Mt Barrow Corridor:
- Within R-2301W - During the dates 15 March to 15 July in accordance with U.S. Fish and Wildlife measures to protect the Sonoran pronghorn habitat, non-WTI aircraft flights shall remain west of the 113°53’W longitude line, or on designated transit routes, or above 1,500 ft. AGL (when flying east of this line). Refer to, STAO 3710.6, Range Regulations, Section 4004.5 TACTS LOW, Para. 5 Special Instructions, b.
- R-2301 West – Cactus West/ UTC Yodaville - 30 MM MUNITIONS NOT AUTHORIZED IN THE TARGET AREAS. For additional information, contact Mr. Alan Veasey DSN 269-2214/5575, or Leg Iron 928-269-7080.
R-2301 West MTR – 1400Z December 13th – 0100Z December 14th 2018 at Munitions Treatment Range located within the 2301W. EOD operations will have a VERTICAL HAZARD up to 2500 ft AGL and within 1000 meters radius of center point MGRS 11S QS 32970 00694, Lat/Long N 32:31.149 W 114:31.187 WGS 84, approximately 9.5 nm southeast of MCAS Yuma. EOD will be conducting training. POC GySgt Pawloski 928-269-2303 or alternate POC Leg Iron 269-7080.
- R-2301 West Restriction - From 1400Z -0000Z daily from 28 November to 21 December 2018. All aircraft shall remain 500’ north and south of Interstate 8 and at or above 1500’ AGL from MGRS 11S QS 47376 16734 to 11S QS 51869 17807. There will be helo’s operating in this location at or below 500’ AGL removing and installing powerline towers. For more information contact Yuma Range at 928-269-5573.
For restrictions on the R-2510 Pilots, "Shall" check the El Centro (KNJK) NOTAM's at: NOTAM's For additional information, contact Mr. Steve Lippert at (760) 339-2616 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Marc Willis at 760-339-2672 email@example.com.
R-2510 Target Information (Tgt 101 & 103)
For restrictions on the R-2512, Pilots "Shall" check the El Centro (KNJK) NOTAM's at: NOTAM's For additional information, contact Mr. Steve Lippert at (760) 339-2616 firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Marc Willis at 760-339-2672 email@example.com.
R-2512 - Target 68 scoring unavailable until further notice. For more information please contact Steve Lippert at 760-339-2616 or WISS at 760-339-2231.
Please see the documents below concerning Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operating south of the R-2512 near the Holtville Airfield (L04).
MAWTS-1 Share Point
Opposing Forces Support:
Opposing Forces (OPFOR) and Target Support – For information and planning please see StaO 3710.6J, Chapter 6, Section 6008, Pages 6-21 thru 6-23. For Smokey Sam, Moving Land Target (MLT), Battle Field Effects, and Automated Ground Pop-up Target support please go to Future Plans SharePoint, to access request forms. Once you have completed the request form, please email to John Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information contact the Future Plans Officer at: commercial 928-269-6488/DSN 269-6488 or at email@example.com
- Moving Land Target (MLT) SPINS, R-2507 North Target 15N, Al Brutus R-2507 North MLT is available upon request through the MCAS Yuma Range Future Plans Officer @ 928-269-6488. Requests for this specific capability @ 15N/WISS AF must be coordinated no less than 30 days prior to the event and resources must be provided by the requesting Units/Squadron.
PARACHUTE OPERATIONS: TACTICAL DZ's/LZ's
Parachute and para-drop operations shall be conducted in designated DZ areas only as established and approved by the Director, Range Operations Division via Range Plans Officer IAW AFI 13-217. A TACTICAL DZ SURVEY is required and provided by Range Management/RANGE FUTURE PLANS OFFICER upon request. Contact the Range Future Plans Officer (928) 269-6488 email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Requests for parachute/para-drop operations in areas other than routinely used DZs will require advance approval from the Director, Range Operations Division via coordination with the Range Future Plans Officer. *DZSO's must comply with 3570.1_ and be certified through Marine Net RSO Course and MCAS Yuma Range RSO Course. (See Range Safety Section on this page)
Southwest Tactical Training Ranges (SWTTR):
SWTTR provides Mission Coordination, real-time instrumentation and communication for exercise control and ground control intercepts, Link-16, tactical employment of surface-to-air threats, weapons impact scoring, moving land targets and debriefing products for military aviation units training in and around MCAS Miramar, NAF El Centro and MCAS Yuma ranges. Contact a SWTTR Mission Coordinator at (928)269-5742 (El Centro or Yuma) or (858)577-6116 (Miramar), or via email at email@example.com.
Mission Coordination and Control
GCI and/or RTO Consoles
Tactical Combat Training System
Ground Tracking System
Yuma Range Safety Officer - Mr. Jon Gordon at: commercial 928-269-6488 DSN 269-6488 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Requesting units conducting ground operations must submit a completed Concept of Operations (CONOPs), Scheme of Maneuver (SOM), and Special Instructions (SPINS). This information shall be submitted to the Range Safety Officer no later than sixty (60) days from the training date. Without this information submitted within the required time, the training shall be denied.
- Also the Commanding Officer Designation Letter along with copies of the OIC/RSO/LSSO certificates from the Range Safety DL Course and MCAS Yuma Range Safety Course shall be completed and sent to the below listed fax/email addresses. It is recommended that this information be turned into the Yuma Range Safety Officer 15 days prior to the 1st training date or have the possibility of training being denied.
- Once the RTAMRSOCAA Range Safety DL Course and the YumaRSC001A MCAS Yuma Range Safety Course have been completed, send the course certificates along with the Commanding Officer Designation Letter to the Yuma Range email addresses email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to: 928-269-2216. If this information is not received 3 business days prior to the training evolution, the training will not be authorized.
- Aircrew Range Safety Brief - All Aircrew "SHALL" be familiar with this MCO P3550.10 and the associated Aircrew Range Safety Brief available by clicking on the link below:
- For pre-approved Weapon Danger Zone Profiles, please also see the RFMSS Library.
- MCAS Yuma Ordnance Matrices (See Sta) 3710.6J, Appendix C at the top of this page) (Identifies the types of ordnance allowed on each target)
- Yuma Range SharePoint - All Marine Corps NMCI users access at:
(If you are having problems accessing the SharePoint, please contact us.)
Requesting a Range Facility Management Support System (RFMSS "Rif-
Miss") Account (Web Based Range Scheduling System)
RFMSS Scheduling Times - Yuma Ranges, whether in California or Arizona are scheduled in Yuma Local Time (Zulu -7). With that said, during Non-Daylight Savings Time (Fall & Winter), Yuma is one hour a head of California Time. During Daylights Savings Time (Spring & Summer), Yuma and California are on the same time zone. Please adjust your requests in RFMSS accordingly. Not taking this into account could cause a significant impact on your training.
Any changes (weapons, co-use, times, etc), cancellations, or new requests must be submitted in RFMSS no later than 1500 Yuma local (always MST) Monday thru Thursday. For weekend and/or holiday training, the deadline is 1400 Friday (or 1400 the business day prior to the holiday). Requests made after these deadlines "Will Not Be Approved" and will not be reflected on the fire desk on the following day. StaO 3710.6J, Page 3-8, Paragraph 2.c
RFMSS Requests - Once a request has been submitted, follow-up tracking on the status is the responsibility of the requesting unit and tracking of the request may be performed via the RCNI. An RCNI assignment does NOT constitute approval/reservation of the request. It is the user’s responsibility to check their pending requests periodically until a reservation or other action has been made. StaO 3710.6J, Page 3-4, Paragraph 3.c