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The Reapers are Coming

Sunday, 13 March 2016 19:13 Written by 


The Reapers are Coming 

By Kris Wadolkowski, CFI


We’ve seen them on the news in action over Iraq and Afghanistan, now they’re coming to a neighborhood near you.  They are the MQ-9 Reapers.  Reapers are Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) used for surveillance and strike.  This summer, training operations for the MQ-9 are moving to March ARB.  Until now, this training has been conducted in restricted airspace in the high desert but these operations will now originate from March ARB.

The MQ-9 Reaper:   Their paint scheme intentionally makes them hard to see.

This means that there will be unmanned aircraft taking off from and landing at March as they fly to and from their training area in the R2515 complex. 


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  • John

    I routinely fly up to Redlands. I overfly the March class C and the timing for starting the descent works perfectly after you are clear of their airspace. It also puts me in the path of these. I always use flight following, but never enter their airspace (ie dont talk with March AFB). I am assuming SoCal will have these on their radar and be able to give traffic advisories? Thanks for sharing this. Anything else I should be doing? Will these flights get detailed in a preflight briefing with timing or just as a general advisory? Thanks again!

    from San Diego, CA, USA

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