FAA Announces Six UAS Test Sites
- University of Alaska (includes test ranges in Hawaii and Oregon)
This test site became operational on May 5, 2014. Read the press release: FAA Announces Alaska UAS Test Site Begins Research Flights.
- State of Nevada
This test site became operational on June 9, 2014. Read the press release: FAA Announces Nevada UAS Test Site Now Operational.
- New York's Griffiss International Airport (includes test range locations in Massachusetts)
This test site became operational on August 7, 2014. Read the press release: FAA Announces New York UAS Test Site Now Operational.
- North Dakota Department of Commerce
This test site became operational on April 21, 2014. Read the press release: FAA Announces First UAS Test Site Operational.
- Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
This test site became operational on June 20, 2014. Read the press release: FAA Announces Texas UAS Test Site Now Operational.
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) (includes test ranges in New Jersey, partnered with Rutgers University)
This test site became operational on August 13, 2014. Read the press release: FAA Announces Virginia Tech UAS Test Site Now Operational.
After a rigorous 10-month selection process involving 25 proposals from 24 states, the Federal Aviation Administration has chosen six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test site operators across the country. In selecting the six test site operators, the FAA considered geography, climate, location of ground infrastructure, research needs, airspace use, safety, aviation experience and risk. In totality, these six test applications achieve cross-country geographic and climatic diversity and help the FAA meet its UAS research needs.
- Press Release
- News story
- Fact Sheet
- FAA Order Selecting Six UAS Test Sites (PDF)
- Test Site Selection Public Meetings
- UAS Test Site Frequently Asked Questions
Across the six applicants, the FAA is confident that the agency's research goals of System Safety & Data Gathering, Aircraft Certification, Command & Control Link Issues, Control Station Layout & Certification, Ground & Airborne Sense & Avoid, and Environmental Impacts will be met.
Each test site operator will manage the test site in a way that will give access to parties interested in using the site. The FAA's role is to ensure each operator sets up a safe testing environment and to provide oversight that guarantees each site operates under strict safety standards.