First UAS Test Site Working, FAA Reports

The first of six test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems research, located in North Dakota, is now operational.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced that the first of its six test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research is operational. The UAS test site is operational more than two months before the deadline given by Congress; it is in North Dakota.

According to the FAA, the agency granted the North Dakota Department of Commerce team a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to start using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at its Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site. The team plans to begin using the system the week of May 5. The COA, which is effective for two years, covers two regions over North Dakota: North Dakota State University's Carrington Research Extension Center located in Carrington, N.D. and Sullys Hill National Game Preserve near Devils Lake, N.D.

The goal of the site's initial operations is "to show that UAS can check soil quality and the status of crops in support of North Dakota State University/Extension Service precision agriculture research studies." In addition, the site will collect safety-related operational data needed for UAS airspace integration.

"North Dakota has really taken the lead in supporting the growing unmanned aircraft industry," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. "We look forward to the contributions they and the other test sites will make toward our efforts to ensure the safe and efficient integration of UAS into our nation's skies."

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Analyze Incident Data

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common training questions.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - March 2019

    March 2019

    Featuring:

    • HEARING PROTECTION
      Not Your Grandpa's Ear Muffs 
    • FALL PROTECTION
      Far Too Many Fatal Falls
    • DRUG TESTING
      Marijuana in the Workplace
    • FALL PREVENTION
      Ladder Safety Tips
    View This Issue