NEW YORK UAS TEST SITE

GRIFFISS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Oneida County | Rome, NY

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.

The NUAIR Alliance has access to more than 7,000 square miles of diverse airspace above varied terrain, inland lakes, rivers, ports, harbors, coastal and maritime areas in New York, Massachusetts and Michigan. The varied weather patterns and robust winters in the Northeast provide all-seasons testing capabilities.

NUAIR customers have approved access from the surface up to FL250 with current airspace, including special access all the way to FL750 upon request. In 2016 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a broad area 1,200 foot Class G UAS Test Site authorization to the NY UAS Test Site. Griffiss expects to expands beyond its current Griffiss large-UAS Class D, E, and A airspace certificates of authorization (COA), to a large-UAS Class E and A airspace COA covering 60 nautical miles around Griffiss. Griffiss holds an FAA Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to operate large UAS in the GSS airspace. Class G, D, E and A are all included in the COA.

NUAIR has hanger and adjacent ramp access facilities at Griffiss Airport, which have been newly renovated to support unmanned aircraft system (UAS) activity.

Griffiss Business & Technology Park is a key asset, not just for the Mohawk Valley, but for all of New York State. The Griffiss Park has attained national recognition for transforming a former Air Force installation into a vibrant business and technology park, and is now home to over 75 businesses and 5700 employees. Griffiss has development districts with specific focuses in technology, manufacturing, aviation, office, education and recreation. It is the location of choice for diverse organizations that are recognized globally, and for their innovative research, products and services, internationally renowned cyber research, sensor, information security and computer engineering firms and agencies.

Today, Premier Aviation, Midair USA, Aviation Services Unlimited (Bell Helicopter), Reutter A&P, and Waypoint A&P operate maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities at Griffiss. In 2006, Mohawk Valley Community College opened an A&P mechanic training program at Griffiss to provide manpower needed to support the MRO Industry. MVCC is developing a UAS Operating & Training Program to create a workforce pipeline for the UAS industry.

The function of the Griffiss International Airport is to provide a safe and well maintained facility to serve the current and future commercial, corporate, business, governmental, and general aviation needs of Oneida County and the State of New York. The goal of the Griffiss International Airport is to expand its economic impact in order to ensure that the community achieves the maximum benefit from the airport’s potential for enhancing economic growth.

YEAR # OF FLIGHTS
2019 On-going
2018 732
2017 620
2016 664
2015 66

Over 2,000 UAS test flights, using small, medium and large UAS, in five states, and in two Class D airspace locations, equating to over 500 total flight hours.

Griffiss International Airport

In July 2016, Congress enacted legislation extending the term of the UAS Test Sites through September 30, 2019

Griffiss International Airport

Griffiss is a public-use airport, owned and operated by Oneida County, New York. Located in Rome, NY, Griffiss has an 11,800 foot runway, an operating air traffic control tower, and ample airspace for UAS test operations.

Scores of tenants employing thousands of people make Griffiss one of the most successful business and technology parks in the United States. Griffiss has efficient highway, air, canal and rail access to important U.S. and international trade centers.

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