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Northern Plains UAS Test Receives Authorization to Fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight
Post Date: Aug 14 2018

The Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site (NP UAS TS) received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly beyond visual line of sight without the use of a chase airplane in controlled airspace out of the Grand Sky located at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.
 
The NP UAS TS, in collaboration with the FAA, United States Air Force, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), Harris Corporation, and Grand Sky have been working closely over the past three years to achieve this milestone.
 
“This approval is a combination of collaboration, innovation and perseverance. We would not have been able to achieve this without our industry partners and the willingness from the FAA and U.S. Air Force to work together to achieve this success,” said Nicholas Flom, Executive Director of the NP UAS TS. “This milestone is not only beneficial to North Dakota but to the whole UAS community. We look forward to expanding our capabilities and partners who will leverage this approval.”
 
The approval will allow GA-ASI Predator A and Predator B to fly without the use of a chase aircraft by leveraging a ground-based radar system within 30 miles of the Grand Forks Air Force Base.
 
For more information about the NP UAS TS or to inquire about gaining access to our airspace, go to NPUASTS.COM or call us at 701-777-6100.   
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