June 26, 2019

New FAA Rules for Recreational Drones

FAA Rules

Recreational drone users will face new FAA regulations that will go into effect this summer.

Final Deployments for P-3C Orions

The last of the US Navy’s P-3C Orions are on their final overseas deployments, reports The Drive. The patrol planes are being split between bases in Bahrain and Japan. The Navy is preparing to retire its Orions. Their replacements: P-8A Poseidons.

Spacewalk This Month Will Make History

The first-ever, all-female spacewalk will take place later this month. Astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will exit the International Space Station on March 29. On a local note: McClain is a graduate of the US Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River.

Trump Gives Space Force to the Air Force

Space Force

Trump places the Space Force under the Air Force, although technically Congress needs to approve a sixth military branch.

Hunt Is On to Fill Key Pentagon Jobs

Pentagon Jobs

The White House and Pentagon are looking for a new slate of senior officers to fill several key jobs with several senior military figures set to retire.

East Coast on Alert As Florence Nears

Florence

The mid-Atlantic region is expecting to be impacted by the approaching Hurricane Florence. Naval Station Norfolk is among the military installation taking precautions. The National Hurricane Center says it is still too early to predict the storm’s exact path.

NAVAIR Hosts CH-53K Test Flight

CH-53K Test Flight

NAVAIR says the CH-53K King Stallion flew a 90-minute, first-of-its-kind, orientation test flight Nov. 7 at NAS Patuxent River for an Israeli Air Force official.

Will Hike in Flight Pay Help Retain Pilots?

Pilots

The Air Force is looking to keep its pilots so the service is increasing its flight pay for the first time since 1999.

AFSec: F-35 Is ‘Ready to Go to Combat’

F-35 Ready to Go to Combat

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is ready to go to the Pacific — or any theater — should tensions escalate with North Korea.

Rocket Launch Lights Up the Sky

The 11th try was it! A Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility early last Thursday. Southern Maryland could see color explosions in the sky a few minutes following the 4:25 am launch.