Laughlin Air Force Base Planning

The 47th Flying Training Wing, located at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, conducts specialized undergraduate pilot training for the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard and allied nation air forces utilizing the T-6, T-38 and T-1A aircraft while deploying mission-ready Airmen as well as develop professional, disciplined leaders.

Joint Land Use Study

A Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) is a collaborative study that builds a team relationship with city, county and federal officials; residents; business and land owners; and the military to identify compatible land uses and growth management guidelines near military installations. A JLUS is implemented, essentially, to protect the residents’ quality of life, the property owners’ rights, and the mission of the base. Although primarily funded by the DOD Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), a JLUS is produced by and for local communities.

The primary objectives of the JLUS program are as follows:


Protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents and maintain quality of life
Manage development in the vicinity of military installations that would interfere with the continued operations of these facilities
Provide for sustainable growth in an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable manner
Maintain the economic vitality of the community


Promote the health, safety, and welfare of the military and civilian personnel living and working at or near the military installation
Ensure the ability of the installation to achieve its mission, maintain military readiness, and support national defense
Preserve the ability of the installation to expand or adapt its mission

The Joint Land Use Study is available to view by following the links below:
JLUS Fact Sheet #1
JLUS Fact Sheet #2
JLUS Study
JLUS Appendices

Laughlin AFB Air Installation Compatible Use Zone (AICUZ)

Laughlin AFB updated the Air Installation Compatible Use Zone (AICUZ) in 2008. The revision was initiated because of the recent mission increase to Student Undergraduate Pilot Training and the addition of the Introduction of Fighter Fundamentals mission brought about by the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure.

The purpose of the AICUZ program is to examine and evaluate aircraft noise and accident potential associated with the installation's flying mission. The resulting data is then used to develop local planning guidance that will ensure public safety and well-being as well as preserve the operational capabilities of Laughlin AFB. In more specific terms, the report contains a description of the affected local area and discusses the locations and definitions of runway Clear Zones, aircraft Accident Potential Zones, and noise contours.

As the City of Del Rio, Val Verde County, and Kinney County continue to grow it is important to join with government and business leaders in a cooperative effort to implement mutually beneficial planning for the future. It is important to incorporate the AICUZ recommendations into future land use plans, zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, codes, and other related documents.

The AICUZ Study Document