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FAA Officials Visit UND As Senator Hoeven Pushes Air Traffic Control Hiring Reform Bill

Hoeven also announced that a new Unmanned Aerial Systems Super Corridor is coming to the Red River Valley

GRAND FORKS, ND — Top officials from the Federal Aviation Administration are at UND in Grand Forks to talk about reforming the air traffic control hiring process. Senator John Hoeven recently introduced his bipartisan ATC Hiring Reform Act of 2019. It would enable the FAA to prioritize the hiring of veterans and graduates of FAA certified schools, like UND. The schools…

U.S. Air Force Secretary Wilson Visits Grand Sky for First Unmanned Aircraft Flight

Grand Sky was the first location in the country approved to host the flight

GRAND FORKS, N.D.– United States Air Force Secretary Wilson visited Grand Sky to celebrate the first unmanned beyond visual line of sight flight. Grand Sky was the first location in the country approved to host the first unmanned beyond visual line of sight flight. “The FAA’s decision to allow beyond line of sight operations without a chase vehicle is a…

Air Force Secretary To Visit Grand Sky On Monday

Heather Wilson will be there to witness General Atomics first UAS beyond visual line of sight flight

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is stopping in Grand Forks on Monday. Senator John Hoeven will host the secretary at Grand Sky, North Dakota’s unmanned aerial systems research and development park. Wilson will be there to witness General Atomics first UAS beyond visual line of sight flight. The FAA has approved a two-year certificate of authorization…

Large UAS Allowed To Fly Without Chase Plane At Grand Sky

The two-year FAA authorization allows the drone flights within 30 miles of the technology park

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The FAA has approved the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in Grand Forks to fly large unmanned aircraft systems beyond visual line of sight without a chase plane, a major milestone in the test site’s history. The two-year FAA authorization allows the drone flights within 30 miles of the technology park. U.S. Secretary of the Air…

Secretary of Homeland Security Learns About Drones’ Impact on Border Security at Grand Sky

Secretary of Air Force Heather Wilson will visit Grand Sky on August 20

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A few weeks ago Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke was in Fargo. Now all eyes are on North Dakota yet again as another member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet makes a visit to our region. This time Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen is in Grand Forks to learn how drones can impact border security. When it…

Drone Launched At Grand Sky In Grand Forks Lands In Southern England

The flight took 24 hours and covered more than 3,000 miles

Twitter/@PlanesTVENGLAND — Officials say the first trans-Atlantic flight by a medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft has successfully landed in England. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. drone departed from the Grand Sky park at the Grand Forks Air Force Base Tuesday afternoon. The flight took 24 hours and covered more than 3,000 miles before landing in Gloucestershire, England, where the Royal…

Historic Flight for Unmanned Medium Altitude Aircraft Takes Off in Grand Forks

The flight is expected to land in Fairford in the United Kingdom

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — An unmanned aircraft that took off near Grand Forks is on pace to complete a historic flight to the United Kingdom. The product of a partnership between Grand Sky and General Atomics Aeronautical evolved into plans for the first transatlantic medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft flight. “We wanted to be the first MALE RPA to fly across the…

General Atomics Celebrates Grand Opening of Training Hanger at Grand Sky

The hangar will serve as a flight test and training center

GRAND FORKS, ND — General Atomics has completed its flight test and training center in Grand Forks. The 24,000 square foot facility is a 10 year lease between Grand Sky and General Atomics. Grand Forks joins the big leagues. “When they sell an aircraft to England or to Australia or some other country, they train the pilots here,” said Senator…

UND, SkySkopes and Grand Sky Team Up to Find Ways Drones Can Improve Lives

GRAND FORKS, ND — UND students are working to improve lives by using drones. The nation’s first unmanned aircraft aviation park teamed up with the university. Drones are widely used for cinematography and military operations, but some engineering master’s students at UND are using them for research. “Using drones, I’m able to fly lower and get even higher resolution data,” said…

Head of Air Force Talks Drones in Grand Forks

Grand Forks is going into uncharted territory in UAS research.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. The Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force made a stop in Grand Forks to talk about the ground–breaking drone research going on in the city. “I do believe that there are areas that you’re looking at that are going to have applications across the commercial, civil, private, military aviation business,” says US Air Force…