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September 25, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
Pilots in North Dakota will have a chance to make known their feelings about unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) training in a series of scoping meetings scheduled for next month.
The U.S. Air Force has set four meetings from Oct. 6 through Oct. 9 to solicit public comment as part of an environmental impact study on the effects of bringing UAVs to Grand Forks, where they will be used for training.
The Air Force has proposed expanding restricted areas and converting some existing military operations areas into restricted areas to accommodate the UAVs.
AOPA has consistently opposed new restrictions and has been working with the Air Force and the FAA for the past decade to ensure that UAVs don’t create hazards to manned aircraft or limit their access to the National Airspace System. The association will file comments on the current Air Force proposal.
Pilots can learn more about the UAV proposal through the Federal Register, and those who are affected are encouraged to attend a scoping meeting in their area. All meetings are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
FAA Systems and Airspace
Bob Enos is the weekly winner in Lightspeed Aviation's $500 Burger Getaway sweepstakes. The package includes gift cards for avgas, rental car, dining, and lodging.
Though unrivaled in its capacity for scooping and dumping water on wildfires--nearly 30 tons of water can be released in a single drop, enough to make the ground shake nearby--work for the Martin Mars has dried up amid competition from newer aircraft.
For pilots, the 60,000-plus-member Civil Air Patrol readily comes to mind when an aerial role in a rescue is launched.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.