Air Force sets scoping meetings on unmanned aircraft

September 25, 2008

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.

  • Oct. 6 in Grand Forks
    Red River High School, 2211 17th Ave.
  • Oct. 7 in Devils Lake
    Lake Region State College, Dining Room, 1801 College Drive
  • Oct. 8 in Langdon
    North Dakota State University, Langdon Research Extension Center, 9280 107th Ave NE
  • Oct. 9 in Carrington
    Carrington High School, Common Area, 100 3rd Ave S.