Ray S. Miller Army Airfield

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The airfield is open daily from 0700 to 1600 (local time) and other times by PPR. CFR can be arranged through either the 934th AW (http://www.minneapolis.afrc.af.mil/) (AF Reserve) or the 133rd AW (https://www.133aw.ang.af.mil/) (MN ANG). JP8 is the fuel available for servicing.

Camp Ripley Training Center Aviation Procedures Guide (pdf)

Drop/Landing Zones

The Drop Zones can be used for either cargo or personnel. The Landing Zone can accommodate up to C-130 aircraft. Each DZ has more than one usable azimuth for approaches. Each DZ has more than one usable azimuth for approaches. All of the DZs except Eva are located within a restricted area. Aircraft will contact Miller Tower on 126.2 VHF, 254.4 UHF or 49.2 FM prior to entering and while in their airspace for clearance into R-4301. Users must coordinate with Range Control in advance to reserve DZ. Use of surrounding airspace should be coordinated with 133rd Airlift Wing Tactics at DSN 783-2488. Commercial phone is (612) 725-5611 or 5681. This is due to noise sensitive areas around Camp Ripley.

Kalahar Landing Zone: Zone Kalahar LZ (pdf) is co-located with the tactical landing strip at Miller Army Airfield. Aircraft will contact Miller Tower on 126.2 VHF, 254.4 UHF or 49.2 FM prior to entering and while in their airspace. There are multiple water towers located 2700 feet from the approach end of runway 31R and 31L (31L is the Kalahar LZ - dirt strip). These towers are approximately 129 feet AGL and are immediately to the left of the approach corridor. Aircraft will maneuver while in the patter to remain outside of R-4301 unless clearance to enter is obtained from Miller Tower.
Miller Army Airfield is now Class "D" Airspace up to and including 3,700 AGL and 3.9 NM Radius from the airfield.

Arno Drop Zone: Avoid over flying farms located near DZ. Aircraft will contact Miller Tower on 126.2 VHF, 254.4 UHF or 49.2 FM prior to entering and while in their airspace. Arno Road should be closed during all airborne operations. Three small ponds within 1000m of PI, floatation devices required IAW USASOC reg. 350-2. If there is a hazardous body of water within 1000m of dispersion area, each parachutist will be inspected to be sure he is wearing a B 17 life preserver properly. Controlling unit will contact Camp Ripley Range Control for aircraft clearance. Aircraft will contact MAAF on VHF 126.2 / UHF 254.4 to de-conflict with possible traffic. DZ has trees 10 to 20 feet tall along the borders, large rocks were present along the east to west dirt road on the southern end of the DZ during time of last survey. Axis ingress/egress routes should be coordinated with Camp Ripley Range Control.
Approaches: Arno Circular (pdf), Arno North to South (pdf), Arno South to North (pdf)

Ripley Drop Zone: Axis ingress / egress routes should be coordinated with Camp Ripley Range Control. Aircraft will contact Miller Tower on 126.2 VHF, 254.4 UHF or 49.2 FM prior to entering and while in their airspace. Scattered trees located on DZ 10 to 20 ft. tall. Normandy and Cody roads should be closed during all airborne operations. Mississippi River located east of DZ, pers. Flotation devices recommended at discretion of user. Small range observation shack located on north side of Normandy road. Controlling unit will contact Camp Ripley Range Control for aircraft clearance. Aircraft will contact MAAF on VHF 126.2 / UHF 254.4 to de-conflict with possible traffic.

Eva Drop Zone: Aircraft will contact Miller Tower on 126.2 VHF, 254.4 UHF or 49.2 FM prior to entering and while in their airspace. Recommend day single ship visual drops, DZ does not have sufficient width for formation or SKE drops. ATC tower 947 yards, heading 358° magnetic from PPI. Assault strip has 2' x 6' panels marking both sides or runway down the entire length, main runway has 2' tall lights on shoulders for night markings as well as navigation equipment located on the airfield. Using unit will brief jumpers on these hazards. Left traffic is recommended to avoid R4301 north of DZ. There are multiple water towers located 2700 feet from the approach end of runway 31R and 31L (31L is the Kalahar LZ - dirt strip). These towers are approximately 129 feet AGL and are immediately to the left of the approach corridor.

Approaches: Eva (pdf)

Prior Permission Requests

Prior Permission Requests (PPR) s can be emailed to ng.mn.mnarng.mbx.crc-airfield@mail.mil. Be sure to have the following information in the text of the message:

  1. Aircraft Call Sign and Type
  2. Date and Time of expected arrival - please specify Zulu or Local times
  3. Fuel requirements (if any)
  4. Any mission remarks (VIPs, duration of stay, special ramp space requirements or equipment, etc.)
  5. Point of Contact phone number

After you have sent this e-mail, do not assume you have a PPR with us. Your PPR Number (if a PPR is granted) will be sent to you by return email or by phone - which ever mode you prefer. Civilian Aircraft must have insurance information on file at Miller Operations before a PPR will be granted. We can only refuel military aircraft, and we only have JP-8. If you need more than 1000 gal. of JP8, be sure to mention it in the PPR request. If you require hangar support, we need to know. We have very limited unheated hangar space, but we can sometimes accommodate customer needs. If you need a tie-down parking space, you need to bring your own ropes / chains for that purpose. More than one aircraft can be included on one PPR, depending on arrival times. Formation flights should use one PPR.

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