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More: Picacho Stagefield - Heliport (PCA)
More: USA - Arizona, May 19, 2012
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Overview of this strange and apparently not very busy airfield in the middle of nowhere, a few miles north of Pinal (MZJ). Apparently a training heliport for the Arizona Army National Guard's Apaches with its own control trower (but no class D airspace).
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A visitor from United States posted Sat January 26, 2013:
Nothing secret about stagefields. There's a mess of them around Ft. Rucker, Al. Mainly for training helicopter aircrews, ATC, and firecrews. They're in the middle of nowhere because no one wants to live around there when 12 choppers are practicing approaches for 2-3 hours. And that is the whole airfield. http://goo.gl/maps/QWF81

A visitor from - posted Mon January 21, 2013:
Great Shot! I was flying there a couple of times. Even did a low approach on a simulated engine failure! And it is kind of controlled - you need to contact them within 4 NM and below 2500'. Anyway...we will never what it really will be used for! :)

A visitor from - posted Mon January 21, 2013:
Great photo. There is nothing else around it, but the "sister" version of this which is located at MZJ is used by the CIA for training. I'm guessing they wanted a little more secrecy for what they do.

A visitor from Hong Kong posted Sun January 20, 2013:
Very strange, but cool! Seeing unique airports are super interesting.

A visitor from Germany posted Sun January 20, 2013:
Thats not the hole airfield... look a real, complete picture and you will the a hughe mass of plans and coppers

A visitor from - posted Sun January 20, 2013:
This is where the tax payers money are used :)))))

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 20, 2013:
Gov't waste at its finest

A visitor from - posted Sun January 20, 2013:
It has been my experience in the military that these things are built for "other" reasons than the official title. It may be used for training, but it is here for a totally different reason - just not yet.

A visitor from United States posted Sun January 20, 2013:
When I spotted the picture the sweet memories of the Arizona flight training came back. Good luck and many happy landings for all the cross-country flyers out there.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun January 20, 2013:
This looks weird.

A visitor from Belgium posted Sun January 20, 2013:
But they don't like if you do a low approach there

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