Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Restricted area over SSC expanded

The Federal Aviation Administration adopted a proposed rule that removes restricted area R–4403 over Gainesville, Miss., and replaces it with an expanded area redesignated as R–4403A, B, C, E and F over NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss. More restricted airspace is necessary to support NASA testing and Navy training requirements, including weapons firing. The original proposal included a plan to fire laser weapons in R–4403E, but respondents expressed concerns about eye safety so the Navy dropped that plan. The expansion is effective May 26, 2016. (Source: Aviation International News, 04/18/16)