Making Future Skies Safer

NUAIR (Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research) is a New York based nonprofit organization that provides unsurpassed expertise in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, aeronautical research, safety management and consulting services.

Headquartered in Syracuse, NUAIR manages operations of the New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY, one of just seven FAA-designated UAS test sites in the United States and is responsible to the FAA and NASA to conduct operations for UAS testing. NUAIR is responsible for the continued development and advancement of New York’s 50-mile UAS corridor between Syracuse and Rome, facilitating beyond visual line of sight testing, commercial operations, and the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace.

Managed by NUAIR, the New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport is part of a 50 mile UAS Traffic Management corridor being developed to facilitate beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) testing and operations in Central New York. The NY UAS Test Site is one of seven FAA designated UAS Test Sites in the United States consisting of a highly instrumented UAS test ecosystem with functionality that includes:

  • Tracking of cooperating & non-cooperating targets
  • USS support
  • Simulation Capabilities
  • Secure Data Collection
  • and more

The systems and technologies at the NY UAS Test Site lay the foundation for testing and certification of UAS detect-and-avoid systems to meet future UAS standards and support safe UAS integration into the national airspace system

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, can and are being used by public and private organizations to complete meaningful work. The challenge for organizations is to figure out how to integrate the unmanned aircraft safely, cost effectively & within the current regulatory framework. NUAIR offers business consulting services to help organizations implement their UAS program.

At NUAIR, we are applying our team’s multifaceted research across the UAS spectrum, broad international engagement in standards development, knowledge of validated performance requirements, and deep flight test expertise to build NUSTAR (National UAS Standardized Testing And Rating) as the “gold standard” for verification of conformity with government and industry standards. In building NUSTAR, we expect to develop means of compliance with evolving standards and provide an environment for testing and verification that industry leaders will seek out for standards verification.

NUAIR is a New York nonprofit, 501 (c) organization

Holding the non-profit status allows NUAIR to reinvest into its people, development of intellectual property, R&D projects, and initiatives to set NUAIR apart from the other U.S. FAA designated test sites. NUAIR carefully monitors its administrative overhead to ensure control, and transparency.

NUAIR Financial Statements

New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY


2019 On-going
2018 732
2017 620
2016 664
2015 66

Over 2,500 UAS test flights, using small, medium and large UAS, in five states, and in two Class D airspace locations, equating to over 650 total flight hours.

New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY


New York’s 50-mile UAS UTM/BVLOS Corridor includes USS support, simulation capabilities, secure data collection & more!