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
  • Safety Management Software - Free Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Software’s comprehensive suite of modules help organizations to record and manage incidents, inspections, hazards, behavior based safety observations, and much more. Improve safety with an easy to use tool for tracking, notifying and reporting on key safety data.

  • Create Flexible Safety Dashboards

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations allows you to easily create and view safety KPIs to help you make informed business decisions. Our best of breed default indicators can also save you valuable time and effort in monitoring safety metrics.

  • Schedule and Record Observations

    IndustrySafe's Observations module allows managers, supervisors, and employees to conduct observations on employees involved in safety critical behavior. IndustrySafe’s pre-built BBS checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Why Is Near Miss Reporting Important?

    A near miss is an accident that's waiting to happen. Learn how to investigate these close calls and prevent more serious incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to Safety Training

    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 FAQs.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - June 2019

    June 2019

    Featuring:

    • ASSP SAFETY 2019 PREVIEW
      New Orleans Networking
    • NATION SAFETY MONTH
      Heed These Summer Safety Tips
    • TRAINING
      Education, Skill Development, and Behavior Change
    • SAFETY MANAGEMENT
      What Good Looks Like
    View This Issue

Bulwark Quiz