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FAA issues NOTAM on flights over Futenma school

  • February 27, 2018
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times wrote that the Federal Aviation Administration issued on Monday a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) calling for aircraft to avoid flying over Futenma Daiini Elementary School adjacent to MCAS Futenma. The paper wrote that this is the first time for such a notice to be issued since the incident last December in which a window fell from a Futenma-based CH-53E helicopter on the playground of the school. Noting that a U.S. military helicopter that is not based at the Futenma Air Station flew over the school on Feb. 23, the paper speculated that the NOTAM was intended to inform pilots of U.S. military aircraft that are not based at Futenma.


In a related story, Ryukyu Shimpo reported on a meeting held between Defense Minister Onodera and visiting Assistant Secretary of Defense Schriver in Tokyo on Monday. The paper wrote that with the presence of Deputy USFJ Commander Chiarotti at the meeting, Onodera, in response to a U.S. military helicopter’s flight over Futenma Daiini Elementary School on Feb. 23, asked the U.S. side not to allow U.S. military helicopters that are not based at Futenma to fly over the school.


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