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Nomans returned to NAS

Massachusetts island once used for target practice

An uninhabited 612-acre island located three miles southwest of Martha’s Vineyard will no longer be used for target practice, nor any other military uses, and the FAA has published a final rule that will eliminate the associated restricted area above Nomans Land (also known as “No Man’s Land, No Man’s island, or No Mans Land).

The island remains closed to the public because unexploded ordinance dropped during its use as a bombing range from 1943 to 1996 poses a likely hazard.

R-4105 A/B, located over a 612-acre island southwest of Martha’s Vineyard, will be taken off the books Nov. 14. Chart image not for navigation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take over management of the island, and aviators will no longer need to take the restricted area into account planning flights in the region that is particularly busy with general aviation activity during summer vacation season. The restricted area may still be active through Nov. 14, when the final rule takes effect.

AOPA leadership voiced appreciation for the return of airspace no longer needed by the military.

Jim Moore
Jim Moore
Managing Editor-Digital Media
Digital Media Managing Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot, as well as a certificated remote pilot, who enjoys competition aerobatics and flying drones.
Topics: Advocacy, Airspace Redesign, Navigation

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