FAA test sites

On December 30, 2013, the FAA announced six UAS test sites:

  • University of Alaska: develop standards for unmanned aircraft categories, state monitoring and navigation; develop safety standards for operations
  • State of Nevada: develop UAS standards for operations and operators; evaluate air traffic control procedures for integration of UAS into the NAS and NextGen
  • New York’s Griffiss International Airport: develop testing, evaluation, verification, and validation processes for FAA safety oversight; conduct research on sense and avoid capabilities
  • North Dakota Department of Commerce: develop UAS airworthiness essential data and validate high reliability link technology; conduct human factors research
  • Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi: develop system safety requirements for UAS vehicles and operations, including protocols and procedures for airworthiness testing
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech):conduct UAS failure mode testing; identify and evaluate operational and technical risk areas

Each test site operator will manage the use and scheduling of the test site so as to give access to parties interested in using the site.