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FAA Announces Six UAS Test Sites

After a rigorous 10-month selection process involving 25 proposals from 24 states, the Federal Aviation Administration has chosen six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test site operators across the country. In selecting the six test site operators, the FAA considered geography, climate, location of ground infrastructure, research needs, airspace use, safety, aviation experience and risk. In totality, these six test applications achieve cross-country geographic and climatic diversity and help the FAA meet its UAS research needs.

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.

Each test site operator will manage the test site in a way that will give access to parties interested in using the site. The FAA's role is to ensure each operator sets up a safe testing environment and to provide oversight that guarantees each site operates under strict safety standards.

UAS Designated Airworthiness Representatives (DARs) at UAS Test Sites

The FAA issued an Order for Designated Airworthiness Representatives for UAS Certification at UAS Test Sites on September 17, 2014.

This order sets policy and provides training requirements limited to the issuance of special airworthiness certificates in the experimental category at UAS Test Sites. Experimental certificates are issued to aircraft that do not possess traditional airworthiness certificates, for specific operations including crew training or showing compliance with regulations.

For more information or to take advantage of this program, contact a UAS Test Site.

Final FAA Privacy Policy for UAS Test Sites

In connection with the UAS Test Site selection, the FAA is sending a final privacy policy to the Federal Register that requires test site operators to comply with federal, state, and other laws on individual privacy protection, and take other measures related to privacy. Read the Final Privacy Requirements for the UAS Test Site Program (PDF)