Category: FAA Test Sites

UAS center of excellence at MSU undergoes leadership transition

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  Marty W. Rogers (Photo by Andy Cummins/GI/UAF) Jim Laird STARKVILLE, Miss.–USAF Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James Poss is departing from Mississippi State University July 1 after successfully leading the multi-year effort to land the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The director of the MSU-led Alliance for System Safety of UAS…

Unmanned cloud-seeding aircraft takes flight in Nevada

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RENO – For the first time in aviation history, a fixed-wing unmanned aircraft has successfully tested a cloud-seeding payload during an experimental flight in Nevada. Flown at Hawthorne Industrial Airport under the state’s FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site designation, the Drone America Savant™ aircraft reached an altitude of 400 feet and…

FAA UAS test sites to launch simultaneous flights for NASA research.

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center is participating in the largest test yet of NASA’s UAS traffic management (UTM) research platform. The test, scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, includes up to 24 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, which will remotely fly simultaneously at six Federal…

Colorado’s San Luis Valley lands new drone flight test site

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By Laura Keeney  The Denver Post Colorado has the OK to open a flight test site for unmanned aerial systems — or UAS, more commonly called drones — in the San Luis Valley. A consortium led by non-profit industry advocate UAS Colorado, the University of Colorado and representatives from six counties got the FAA green…

GA-ASI Confirms Plans to Open RPA Traning Academy

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, today confirmed plans to open a RPA Training Academy in Grand Forks, North Dakota. GA-ASI has signed a 10-year lease and is expecting to break ground soon. GA-ASI flight crew training will…

North Dakota gets NASA contract for drone research

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By Jessica Holdman North Dakota’s unmanned aerial systems test site will test an air traffic control system for drones. NASA awarded the North Dakota Department of Commerce a five-year contract to help with the federal agency’s UAS research. The initial award is $197,950 to try and provide feedback on NASA’s UAS traffic management system. “NASA has been…

Unmanned aircraft information offered at meeting

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The public can learn about unmanned aircraft missions in Alaska on Thursday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Murie Building auditorium at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Officials and representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Pan-Pacific Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Range Complex will attend the meeting. They will discuss the test site’s work and UAF’s role in…

Drone delight: North Dakota test site set to fly high at all hours

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Dave Kolpack, The Associated Press FARGO, N.D. — Of the six sites in the U.S. where researchers are trying to figure out how to integrate unmanned aircraft into civilian airspace, only North Dakota’s can fly high both day and night. The Federal Aviation Administration approved a plan last week that allows drones to be flown…

Aurora first to fly large UAS in FAA-Designated test site

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Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that from June 12-15, 2015 the company’s Centaur optionally piloted aircraft (OPA) flew multiple unmanned flights from Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York. The successful test flights were conducted in full collaboration and compliance with Oneida County’s Griffiss UAS Test Site, which is managed by Northeast UAS AirSpace Integration Research Alliance…

News media coalition testing unmanned aircraft systems at Tech

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By Emily Hughes,  A coalition of 15 leading news media organizations around the country is testing unmanned aircraft systems in Blacksburg. The organizations have come together “to develop safety standards for the use of unmanned aircraft systems for news gathering,” according to the adviser to the news media coalition, Joel Roberson of Holland & Knight law…