The Navy suffered four Class A aviation mishaps last month

An unmanned MQ-8B Fire Scout helicopter clipped a building and crashed last month at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu in California, one of at least four so-called “Class A” mishaps to take place within Navy aviation in the month of August.

Class A is the most-severe mishap level and generally involves at least $1 million in damage, or the loss of life or serious injury.


US Navy launches first unmanned air vehicle test squadron

The US Navy commissioned its first unmanned air vehicle test and evaluation squadron in a ceremony on 18 October.

The new unit will be called Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 24 (UX-24) and will be based at Naval Air Station Patuxent River?s Webster Outlying Field near St. Inigoes, Maryland. It will fly a mix of 23 fixed and rotary UAVs, including the Northrop Grumman MQ-8 Fire Scout, AeroVironment RQ-20 Puma, Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack and Aeronautics RQ-26 Aerostar.

The ceremony marked the squadron?s official transition from what was formerly known as Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division?s UAS Test Directorate.