Photos? We will be doing well if the entity using the warning area issues a press release.
Source? To get a NOTAM, use this link:
I generally do a radius search of 120 miles from KINS. That gets me activity from the TTR to Edwards. Click on "radius search". That expands the
box. Enter KINS for the location. Change the radius to 120 nm. Click on view NOTAMS.
Now you get a page of highly abbreviated text. KINS is Creech (INS is for Indian Springs) KBYS is Bicycle Lake (Fort Irwin). etc. Now if you go down
to China Lake, you can read
M0011/12 - AERODROME CLOSED AT 0230(Z) ON 13JAN12, WILL REOPEN AT 1430(Z) ON 13JAN12 EXCEPT FOR PPR'S AND PRIOR APPROVED/COORDINATED AIRCRAFT. 13 JAN
02:35 2012 UNTIL 13 JAN 14:30 2012. CREATED: 13 JAN 02:37 2012
Now you would think the airport being closed indicates nothing is going to happen. Well it is trick. If the airport is closed, they often means they
are going to launch something. In the case of China Lake, something can be a lot of things. Cruise missile (terrain following), a ordinary missile, or
who knows what. Vandenberg shuts the aerodrome down too for a launch.
The NOTAM reports list the airports first then then air traffic control sectors. In the case of W537, it is in sector ZLA. Scroll down to the line
that reads ZLA Los Angeles (ARTCC) Palmdale, CA. You will see the "R" restricted airspace schedule. These R airspaces can be found on a
"sectional" map, though the skyvector link I put in the first post will get you there.
Find "A0134/12" and you will see the NOTAM I put in the first post. The days match, but not the times. However, I suspect the events are related.
The people that do the notams often screw up the times. Sometimes they will put a L after the hour to indicate local time. Other times they will
attempt to convert to GMT (techically Zulu time) and screw up.
So I think they are going to launch something from China lake out into the ocean. However, they can reserve the time and cancel the flight. Whatever
they launch isn't cheap, so if everything isn't perfect, they just cancel and get a new airspace reservation.
Now W537 doesn't have to go inland to China Lake. It can be related to a Point Mugu launch .
Hopefully a pilot will chime in. If you search ATS, you can find threads related to W537 for other events. You may recall the "missile launch" off
the coast a few years ago. Lots of eyewitnesses. It turned out to be an airplane contrail.
Eyewitness testimony can be terrible if you don't know what you are observing. I've watched VBG launches. They start slow and then really crank,
must faster than a plane. But plane contrails can look like missile contrails, especially from the distance where the two plane contrails look like
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China Lake, being more remote, doesn't have a "blogger" like Vandenberg (which is up the coast from LA).