“We’re grateful to the staff at Pendleton for their all-encompassing support.
From the technical side to exceptional personal assistance, they’ve excelled at providing a high-quality turn-key testing environment, setting our whole team up for success.”
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Whether your mission is focused on monitoring, transportation, imaging or EMS, cutting edge UAS innovators are choosing Pendleton as the place to succeed.
Featuring a state-of-the-art mission control and innovation center, the Pendleton UAS Test Range is the right choice for program leaders who are thinking about today and tomorrow.
Our primary mission is to facilitate the best practices of industry and translate those technologies into a future UAS regulator framework. As an FAA designated Test Range within the Alaskan Site we can facilitate the applications for Special Airworthiness Certificates, Experimental. This allows responsible UAS operators to move from a restrictive Certificate of Authorization (COA) environment into civil aircraft operations that allow for Research and Development, Crew Training and Market Surveys.
Through this process you will work with the PUR crew to take full advantage of our Safety Risk Management Systems, Maturity Evaluation and Testing, Documentation Generation and Personnel Certification.
The FAA is taking steps under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) to move forward with incremental UAS integration for specific, limited, low-risk civil operations in advance of the small UAS rule. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has identified this activity as a priority.
UAS that can safely operate in a controlled, low-risk environment may be able to obtain authorization under Section 333. Under the law, FAA will determine if a certification of waiver, certification of authorization, or airworthiness certificate is required to authorize operations. The FAA will be considering operational approvals under Section 333 on a case-by-case basis.
Example Industries that could take advantage of Section 333 of FMRA include:
Surveillance of crops and livestock
Application of fertilizer/pesticides
Oil and Gas Monitoring
The Pendleton UAS Range covers 14,000 square miles in northeast Oregon. From high desert to 10,000 foot peaks, the underlying land is mostly sparse population with large sections of agriculture and forest. Precision Ag is a growing topic with high value wheat, vineyards, and fruit orchards. The Columbia Basin Ag Research Center (OSU field extension) is located minutes from Pendleton, and has started incorporating UAS in its research. Forest fire fighting in this region is an activity that has just begun utilizing UAS for support. Additionally, there are 1000’s of miles of infrastructure covering:
Transportation: Interstates, Highways, Remote Roadways, Rail and Shipping Lanes.
Energy: Power transmission systems and Gas/Product Pipelines and Wind Turbine Farms.
Water Management: Water Supplies, Irrigation Systems, Erosion Control and Dams.
Communications: Fiber Internet, Telecommunications, Mobile Networks and RTK GPS Coverage (CORS Network Integration).
Earth Monitoring: On Site National Weather Service Station, Land Conservation and Animal Populations.
With over 300 days of VFR (weather good enough for visual flight), Pendleton UAS Range has a wide range of imagery objectives, great weather for flying, and the growing need for UAS services.