• In Other News: Shelby Picked to Head Senate Appropriations; FAA Has Openings in Military Airport Program

    In Other News: Shelby Picked to Head Senate Appropriations; FAA Has Openings in Military Airport Program0

    The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to complete assignments for subcommittee chairs later today. On Monday, the committee selected Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) as its new chairman after Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) resigned last week due to ongoing health issues. Shelby is expected to take over the defense appropriations panel as well, which Cochran chaired, reported CQ.

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  • FAA Renews Brunswick Executive Airport’s Participation in Military Airport Program

    FAA Renews Brunswick Executive Airport’s Participation in Military Airport Program0

    The Federal Aviation Administration has selected Brunswick Executive Airport, Brunswick, Maine to participate in the fiscal 2016 Military Airport Program (MAP), allowing the business and general aviation airport at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station to remain in the program for five additional years. Brunswick was the only former military airport or joint use airport added to MAP this year, the third straight year FAA has picked only one participant. Brunswick’s selection will allow it to complete projects that started during the previous five years, according to an FAA fact sheet. Those projects include converting military hangars to civilian use, obstruction removal, drainage upgrades and installing wildlife fencing …

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  • Southern California Naval Base Warns Residents after Recent UAV Incidents

    Southern California Naval Base Warns Residents after Recent UAV Incidents0

    Naval Base Ventura County in Southern California issued a statement this week reminding its neighbors that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are prohibited from flying on or above the base, after drones were spotted around Point Mugu at several times in recent weeks. The statement was issued, said base spokeswoman Theresa Miller, after a couple of incidents in which UAVs “were seen close enough [to the base] so that it caused some concern.” Military aircraft routinely use the airfield at Point Mugu, reported the Ventura County Star. The statement also applies to San Nicolas Island, which includes an aircraft landing strip. “Our message is that UAVs are not allowed in this area,” Miller said. Officials will notify law enforcement authorities and the Federal Aviation Administration if they see drones flying near the base, she said. The statement by the base comes in the wake of FAA rules requiring UAVs be flown at least five miles away from airports. They also must be flown below 400 feet.

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