NY UAS test site receives new round of funding

By Luke Geiver | December 31, 2015

A U.S. Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) designated test site has received a new round of funding from the state of New York. The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance Inc. (NUAIR) site has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the Empire State Development, New York’s main economic development agency.

NUAIR will use a portion of the grant money in “developing, testing and educating companies on the integration of UAS into the National Airspace System.”

The grant award falls in line with the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council’s aim to encourage entrepreneurship, attract new businesses and increase jobs.

In 2014, NUAIR and Griffiss International Airport were awarded $4 million from the Regional Economic Development Council for the installation of instrumentation used for sense-and-avoid capabilities.

The NUAIR site has performed work with several entities, including SRC Inc. and Lockheed Martin Corp. The site has multiple agriculture-based certificate of authorizations (COAs) and other COAs for both rotatry and fixed wing unmanned aircraft vehicle platforms.

From Griffiss Airport, Aurora Flight Sciences flew a large-scale fixed wing optionally piloted aircraft earlier this year. More recently, Lockheed demonstrated the effectiveness of its UAS traffic management technology by flying a small fixed-wing UAV in proximity to a large unmanned K-MAX cargo helicopter.