UAS

UND showcases the importance of drones during UAV Technology USA conference

By: Jeannie Kopstein ARLINGTON, Va. (KVRR) – Drone technology is the topic of discussion and display at the first UAV Technology USA conference. University of North Dakota President Andrew Armacost chaired the event. “We thought this was just an extraordinary opportunity for UND to be part of the national discussion on UAV technology. It really gives us a chance to…

Renovation Finished On Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Center

The project cost $8 million

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE — Senator John Hoeven is marking the completion of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s newly-renovated unmanned aerial systems training center at Grand Forks Air Force Base. The project cost $8 million. Customs and Border Protection in Grand Forks is responsible for 900 miles of border. Hoeven says that considering North Dakota’s leadership in UAS,…

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…

Droning On: UND Hosts Collegiate National Championship for the First Time

Sixty pilots from 23 schools across the country competed

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — UND hosts the 2019 Collegiate National Drone Championships for the first time ever. KVRR’s Danielle Church tells us why some pilots, judges and UAS professors at the university are calling it a major milestone. There’s nothing quite like aviation, especially when you add a drone to the mix. “Anything in aviation is a blast. Specifically for unmanned…

All About UAS: Emerging Prairie Holds First Drone Focus Monthly Meeting of the Year

The speaker for this meeting was Tom Kenville

FARGO, N.D. — Drones have been helping farmers gather data for years and a local organization is dedicated to keeping it that way. Emerging Prairie, an entrepreneurial group, had their first Drone Focus meeting of the year. It’s designed to teach average drone users more about the industry and how professionals use unmanned drones to collect data. The speaker for this…

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…

North Dakota Picked For Drone Pilot Program

North Dakota is one of 10 participants selected by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao

North Dakota DOT has been selected for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program. The initiative is aimed at shaping the future of drones in America. The DOT will work with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in Grand Forks and city, state and tribal agencies. North Dakota is one of 10 participants selected by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao….

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…

Secretary of Transportation Scheduled for Fargo’s UAS Event

The event which begins on May 31st will be a gathering of local, national and global leaders in the unmanned aerial systems industry

FARGO, ND — The Secretary of Transportation is coming to Fargo for the 2017 Drone Focus Conference. Elaine Chao was invited to attend by Senator John Hoeven. The event, which begins on May 31st, will be a gathering of local, national and global leaders in the unmanned aerial systems industry. Secretary Chao has agreed to address the conference and meet…

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…