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.

Video showcasing the 50-mile corridor: radar, COAs, flight paths and airborne aircraft.

In order to safely and seamlessly integrate UAS into non-segregated airspace, a robust Detect and Avoid (DAA) capability needs to be established. The New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport is evaluating next-generation UAS ground-based detect and avoid (GBDAA) systems capable of enabling beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations in airport terminal areas and in transition airspace.


The NUAIR Staff includes experienced aviation professionals that are skilled in providing customers with a wide-range of services. Whether its measuring a drone’s suitability for a safe flight (airworthiness), testing platforms and payloads, or helping research and development of UAS by working with NASA and the FAA, the NUAIR Flight Operations Staff and it’s Alliance of partners have the resources to meet any customer requests.

Customer needs range from small to large operations with different drone applications. Some needing access to airspace and facilities to others needing trained pilots to test their product. NUAIR pilots are certified in quadcopters, fix winged and multi-rotor small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) and have tested multiple platforms, radar, traffic management and search and rescue operations.

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.


The engineering design philosophy for NY UAS Test Site instrumentation is for operation at a high Technology Readiness Level (TRL). This system is designed to be extensible, both in its ability to incorporate additional ground and airborne sensors, and to expand to cover additional airspace, from the surface to Class A airspace and above, over a 15,000 square mile lightly-populated area in Upstate New York.

Griffiss International Airport has installed and activated a dedicated precision air traffic surveillance system to support the New York UAS Test Site which includes four high TRL technology capabilities:

Griffiss has a signed Interconnection Security Agreement (ISA) with NASA for Live, Virtual, Constructive-Distributed Environment (LVC-DE) air traffic surveillance data exchange. This intent of Griffiss is eventually to extend this capability to support exchange of live Griffiss surveillance data with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


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.

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, large hangar space and ample airspace for UAS test operations.

The UAS Operations Control Center is a state-of-the-art multimedia and air traffic data capture, display, storage, playback, analysis capability and operations support system. System capability includes synchronized multi-channel recording and playback of video, audio, and data, including accurate aircraft track and telemetry data.

White Drone at NY UAS Test Site
Radar at NY UAS Test Site


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