© 2019 Pendleton UAS Test Range

“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.”

-Zach Lovering

VP Urban Air Mobility Systems 


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The Pendleton UAS Test Range
is leading the way to a new era of integrated airspace.  

UAS flights at the airport and outer range are treated like any other aircraft and have equal status. 

Test programs are facilitated by a progressive yet safe ATC and Range management team who are committed to the success of your development program.

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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:

  • Precision Agriculture

  • Surveillance of crops and livestock

  • Application of fertilizer/pesticides

  • Powerline Inspections

  • Oil and Gas Monitoring

  • Movie Making

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.


Pendleton UAS Range
2016 Airport Road Pendleton, OR 97801

Main Phone: (541) 966-0281
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From Portland   207 miles
From Boise          226 Miles
From Seattle      281 Miles

Boutique Air operates a modern fleet of Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 aircraft flying the 45 minutes between Portland and Pendleton three times per day.


With amenities designed to make the flying experience as comfortable as it gets, the aircraft features reclining leather seats in an executive configuration, power outlets, a pressurized cabin, enclosed lavatory, and a top speed of 300 mph.

Boutique Air is an FAA-certified air carrier providing both air charter and scheduled service. Boutique is also now providing car rental at the airport via



Reservations or charter inquiries can be made online now by visiting www.boutiqueair.com or by phone at (855) 268-8478.

The Pendleton UAS Range is able to facilitate a wide variety of testing needs through logistical coordination. PUR will work with you and your team to ensure that your Testing needs such as: Procedures Development, Engineering, Integration, Modeling and Simulation requirements are met though our organic capabilities and strategic relationships.


While Flight Testing at the PUR you will have access to dedicated range personnel that will ensure FAA and airspace compliance while you focus on your team’s mission. PUR has the capability to allow for either customer or PUR aircraft operations that include arrangements to facilitate sensor testing by providing an appropriate airframe for integration. For extended range operations PUR will facilitate a chase aircraft to comply with current see and avoid requirements.


To maximize your team’s efficiency while at the PUR we have on airport facilities and operations areas dedicated to UAS use. A Mobile Operation Center is available for use both on and off the airfield when extra infrastructure is required or to stage a demo to prospective clients, please inquire for a full list of specs on the available equipment to you. Other ground-based services include providing FAA qualified and current visual observers, customizable facilities/work areas and short to long-term storage.


Logistic and supply chain support in Pendleton keeps your team moving at the speed of business. We have multiple daily air service flight directly into the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport to get your team on/off site quickly with rental cars available on the airfield through Boutique Car. PUR is located ideally with direct Interstate I-84 access, has regional shipping hubs for both FedEx and UPS while maintaining close proximity to the nearby Port of Umatilla (Ship) and Union Pacific (Rail) yards. Over 100 business with UAS experience call Oregon home to include a major technology cluster in the Columbia Gorge only a couple hours away. Pendleton has a large number of local service providers ready to assist your team for both coordinated and short notice efforts.


PUR is focused on support of all your business needs beyond the test phase as well. Since we measure our reputation through your success we know how important it is to train and field your equipment. To support your training needs PUR is equipped to facilitate a productive classroom or conference center environment and even integration into the nearly onsite Blue Mountain Community College and their UAS program. Courses can be offered or developed to meet your platform and would include FAA ground school and certified testing.