Navy Hands Over Airfield at Brunswick to LRA

Months than three months before the Navy is scheduled to disestablish Naval Air Station Brunswick, local, state and federal officials last week celebrated the transfer of more than 715 acres of runways, hangars and other facilities at the installation to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority. The public benefit conveyance of the airport property marks the first transfer by the Navy at the 3,200-acre base in southern Maine. Brunswick Executive Airport, serving general aviation traffic, will open April 2 and be managed by fixed base operator FlightLevel Aviation, reported the Times Record.

Gov. Paul LePage (R) led a lengthy list of speakers marking the significant milestone in the base’s redevelopment. The ceremony was held at the air station’s Hangar 6, where startup manufacturer Kestrel Aircraft Co. plans to build a newly designed single-engine turboprop aircraft.

The Navy approved the base’s environmental impact statement last month, paying the way for last week’s conveyance. Over the next two years, the Navy will convey the remainder of the airport property — about 280 acres — to the LRA, Southern Maine Community College, the town of Brunswick, Bowdoin College and others.

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