Media Advisory: Helicopter to Make Low-Level Flights Over Parts of eastern Mojave Desert, California

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Residents should not be alarmed to witness a low-flying helicopter over the eastern Mojave Desert starting around November 14.

Residents should not be alarmed to witness a low-flying helicopter over the eastern Mojave Desert starting around November 14.

For about two weeks, a helicopter operated under contract to the U.S. Geological Survey will be making low-level flights over parts of the eastern Mojave Desert near Interstate I-15, from near Mountain Pass, California to near Primm, Nevada.  The survey will cover parts of the Clark Mountain Range and the Ivanpah Valley with the purpose of collecting and recording geologic measurements.

Anyone observing the low-flying helicopter should not be alarmed when they see it fly over or pass below the horizon. The helicopter is operated by experienced pilots who are specially trained for low-level flying. 

This survey is designed to remotely study geologic units that lie below the land surface. It is part of an ongoing USGS program to identify hidden features such as changes in rock types, ultimately providing a better understanding of the subsurface geology of the area. 

The airplane is operated by CGG Canada Services Ltd., which is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to ensure flights are in accordance with U.S. law.

Editor:  In the public interest and in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project.  Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated. 

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