UAS U.S. National Airspace Integration Proceeding; sUAS First, Larger Systems Delayed

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3Q 2014 | IN-1019848

Fifth U.S. UAS Test Site Operational


The FAA has announced that the Griffiss International Airport unmanned aerial systems test site in Rome, N.Y., is prepared to conduct research into the integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) into the U.S. National Air Space (NAS).

The FAA has provided the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR Alliance) and Griffiss International Airport with a two-year certificate of authorization (COA) to conduct the research. The COA limits the UAS platform to PrecisionHawk’s Lancaster Hawkeye Mk III, a small fixed-wing aircraft, which weighs 3 pounds and has a 4-foot wingspan. Also, flight operations have a 400-foot-ceiling limit.

According to the FAA, the focus of the research will be the integration of UAS into the NAS, including commercial systems, al...

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