FAA approval allows drone testing beyond visual line of sight

The New York Unmanned Aircraft System test site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft beyond visual line of sight.

Posted: Nov 7, 2019 5:44 PM

ROME, N.Y. – The New York Unmanned Aircraft System test site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft beyond visual line of sight.

Regulations require operators to keep drones within the line of sight, unless they have approval from the FAA.

This approval will allow NUAIR to test their unmanned aircraft without multiple people on the ground observing. This authority applies within the first segment of the 50-mile drone corridor that runs from Rome to Syracuse.

“In order for us to fully employ, operate and unlock the true potential of unmanned systems and achieve a reality where drones are conducting routine missions such as inspecting power lines, protecting critical infrastructure, or delivering medical supplies, we need to ensure the proper safety elements are in place. This authority greatly enhances our ability to test towards that end state," said Michael Hertzendorf, CEO of NUAIR.

To date, Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research and the New York UAS test site have conducted more than 2,500 test flights.

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