• In Other News: Two Military Bases to Begin Building Tents for Migrants; State Lawmakers Secure $1M for Central New York Missions

    In Other News: Two Military Bases to Begin Building Tents for Migrants; State Lawmakers Secure $1M for Central New York Missions0

    DOD will begin building tent encampments shortly at two Texas installations to house up to 12,000 migrants, with Fort Bliss sheltering migrant families and Goodfellow AFB caring for migrant children. The military will start putting up the tents after July 4 before turning the task over to contractors, reports NPR. The request comes on top

  • Air Force Identifies Eight Bases as Candidates for RPA Units

    Air Force Identifies Eight Bases as Candidates for RPA Units0

    The Air Force will conduct site surveys at eight candidate bases it is considering to host new MQ-9 Reaper units, officials announced last week. The service plans to establish units at up to two locations. The Air Force identified five installations as candidates to host an operations group with mission control elements — Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.; Moody AFB, Ga.; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; Offutt AFB, Neb.; and Shaw AFB, S.C. Those locations currently have an active-duty flying wing or group that performs at least one core remotely piloted aircraft mission and/or is co-located with an active-duty distributed ground system, according to a news release …

  • 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.

  • Ft. Wainwright to Host Nine Combat UAVs0

    Nine Gray Eagle combat unmanned aerial vehicles, along with 128 personnel and their families, have been assigned to Fort Wainwright starting next month, Alaska’s congressional delegation announced last week. The aircraft will use existing hangars initially, but the Army plans to request funding for additional UAV facilities at the Fairbanks-area post in the fiscal 2017 budget, according to a joint press release from the lawmakers. “Alaska is the tip of the spear when it comes to the Pentagon’s strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific, but the Pentagon clearly sees it as a superior choice to also respond to increasing military activities in the Arctic region …

  • UAS Industry Will Continue to Flourish in Dayton, Officials Say0

    The Dayton, Ohio, region will continue to benefit from the development of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) despite the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision last week not to designate the city one of six test sites for studying how to safely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace, according to local economic development officials. The FAA’s decision came as a surprise to leaders who had argued that the combined Ohio-Indiana application and the presence of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) would have made an ideal place to host a test site …

  • FAA to Name UAS Test Sites by End of Year0

    The Federal Aviation Administration plans to name the locations of six research and test sites for integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with manned aircraft in December, John Porcari, deputy secretary of the Department of Transportation said last week. The FAA has received 25 proposals from organizations in 24 states to host one of the sites. “We’re encouraged by the collaborative and comprehensive approach that many of the applicants have adopted …