Griffiss International Airport – Oneida County | Rome, NY

The New York UAS Test Site is one of seven FAA-Designated UAS Test Sites in the United States. Owned by Oneida County and managed by NUAIR, the New York UAS Test Site consists of a highly instrumented uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) testing facility at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY and is part of New York’s 50-mile UAS Traffic Management corridor spanning from Rome to Syracuse.

New York’s 50-Mile Drone Corridor facilitates beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) testing and advanced uncrewed aircraft operations. NUAIR continues to advance, develop and maintain the radar and technologies throughout the corridor and currently has 50 miles of urban and rural airspace within New York’s 50-mile Drone Corridor approved for BVLOS operations.

New York UAS Test Site
Successful Test Flights & COUNTING!
Tony Basile - Ops Center
Ops Center Monitors
Large Hangars and ATC Tower
  • sUAS operations in Class G airspace nationally
    • Up to 1,200’ Above Ground Level (AGL)
  • sUAS operations in Class C and D airspace
  • sUAS BVLOS operations up to 1,000’ AGL
  • 5,000 sq miles of large UAS operations
    • Up to 10,000’ Mean Sea Level (MSL)
  • Large UAS operations up to FL 600
  • Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR)
  • Chase operations
  • Night operations
  • State-of-the-art UAS Operations Control Center
    • Air traffic data capture, display and playback
    • Simulation and analysis capabilities
  • 11,800 ft. x 300 ft. heavy-duty runway
  • Operating air traffic control tower
  • Large hangar buildings with multi-story office space
  • Instrument landing systems with lighting and weather sensors
  • Ample airspace for UAS test operations

Designed to incorporate additional ground and airborne sensors to expand airspace coverage as needed, the engineering design philosophy for New York UAS Test Site instrumentation is for the ability to operate at a high Technology Readiness Level (TRL).

  • Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X)
  • Airport Surface Surveillance Capability (ASSC)
  • Lightweight Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar (SRC LSTAR)
  • Wide Area Multilateration (WAM)

Directions to the New York UAS Test Site

The New York UAS Test Site is housed on the first floor of the Innovare Advancement Center at 592 Hangar Rd, Rome, NY 13441.

Innovare Advancement Center