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Malmstrom Air Force Base - The Federal Aviation Administration is now implementing new rules when it comes to using privately owned or operated unmanned aircraft over certain facilities.

According to a press release from MAFB Public Affairs, unmanned aircraft, or drones, are not allowed to fly over missile alert facilities, launch facilities, and most of Malmstrom Air Force Base. 

This restriction includes flying over areas where military convoys are operating. 

Restrictions are in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

While these restrictions are new, the FAA can now enforce these violations with with a revocation of FAA certificates and authorizations, civil penalties and/or criminal charges. 

MAFB currently has a place on east side of the base, near Loy Elementary School, where it is authorized to fly unmanned aircraft. 

Below is the full press release from MAFB:

New restrictions for unmanned aircraft near military installations

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has implemented special security instructions (SSI) regarding the use of privately owned or operated unmanned aircraft over select national security sensitive facilities. 

            Unmanned aircraft are prohibited from conducting flight operations within certain airspaces related to Malmstrom Air Force Base pursuant to Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 99.7. Restricted air space protected by the SSI includes missile alert facilities, launch facilities, and Malmstrom Air Force Base. Unmanned aircraft use is also prohibited in areas where military convoys are operating. Restrictions are in place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

            Violations of the SSI can result in several enforcement actions by the FAA such as revocation of FAA certificates and authorizations, civil penalties and/or criminal charges.

For more information or questions, contact the FAA at (844) 359-6982.

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