US: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently announced Griffiss International Airport unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site in New York as ready to carry out research activities.
The Griffiss test site will also assess methods for scouting agricultural fields using different types of sensors, including thermal, visual and multispectral equipment to benefit farmers regionally and nationally. The onsite research is expected to enhance current methods of crop-monitoring and provide further information for continuing field research.
Michael Huerta, the FAA administrator said, " The data the Griffiss team plans to acquire and share will help the FAA in researching the complexities of integrating UAS into the congested Northeast airspace."
The FAA provided the Griffiss International Airport team a two-year Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to use a PrecisionHawk Lancaster Platform UAS. The Lancaster Platform weighs approximately three pounds and has a wingspan of four feet. The approved site is the fifth of six test sites to become operational.