North Dakota Department of Commerce. North Dakota plans
to develop UAS airworthiness essential data and validate
high reliability link technology. This applicant will
also conduct human factors research. North Dakota’s
application was the only one to offer a test range in
the Temperate (continental) climate zone and included a
variety of different airspace which will benefit
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Texas A&M plans
to develop system safety requirements for UAS vehicles
and operations with a goal of protocols and procedures
for airworthiness testing. The selection of Texas A&M
contributes to geographic and climactic diversity.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
(Virginia Tech).Virginia Tech plans to conduct UAS
failure mode testing and identify and evaluate
operational and technical risks areas. This proposal
includes test site range locations in both Virginia and
Across the six applicants, the FAA is confident that the
agency’s research goals of System Safety & Data
Gathering, Aircraft Certification, Command & Control
Link Issues, Control Station Layout & Certification,
Ground & Airborne Sense & Avoid, and Environmental
Impacts will be met.
“These test sites will give us valuable information
about how best to ensure the safe introduction of this
advanced technology into our nation’s skies,” said
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
The FAA’s role in the UAS program is to help the test
site operators set up a safe testing environment and to
provide oversight that ensures the sites operate under
strict safety standards.
“Safety continues to be our first priority as we move
forward with integrating unmanned aircraft systems into
U.S. airspace,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.
“We have successfully brought new technology into the
nation’s aviation system for more than 50 years, and I
have no doubt we will do the same with unmanned
The FAA has established requirements for each test site
that will help protect privacy. The requirements were
developed with public input and the final requirements
were published on November 14, 2013 in the Federal
Register. This followed the February Federal Register
notice that asked for public comments on the draft
privacy requirements for the six test site operators.
Among other requirements, test site operators will be
required to comply with federal, state, and other laws
protecting an individual’s right to privacy; have
publicly available privacy policies and a written plan
for data use and retention; and conduct an annual review
of privacy practices that allows for public comment.
On November 7, the FAA released its first
outlining efforts needed to safely integrate UAS
into the nation’s airspace system. The Roadmap
addresses current and future policies, regulations,
technologies and procedures that will be required as
demand moves the country from today’s limited
accommodation of UAS operations to the extensive
future integration of UAS into the NextGen aviation