NUAIR Receives Civil Flight Authority for BVLOS Operations

The FAA has given NUAIR the autonomy to continue offering white glove uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) testing services beyond visual line of sight in the state of New York and beyond By Abi Wylie / 23 Feb 2024
NUAIR Receives Civil Flight Authority for BVLOS Operations
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted NUAIR® a Part 107 waiver enabling remote, autonomous beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations throughout a 240 square mile airspace in upstate New York.

This increases the commercial BVLOS area in New York by more than 300%.

The acceptance of this 240 square mile waiver – as well as the Special Flight Operations Certificate approval for Canadian operations in 2023 – gives NUAIR the autonomy to continue offering white glove uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) testing services in the state of New York and beyond.

To capstone a year of growth and development, NUAIR expanded its operations earlier in 2023 creating the NUAIR Center of Excellence headquarters at Syracuse Hancock International Airport. 

NUAIR’s Center of Excellence at SYR presents the full realization of the NUAIR Alliance, which includes key industry players such as ResilienX, TruWeather Solutions, Aloft, Hidden Level, SRAA, and UFA. This Civil BVLOS Waiver will allow for broader testing of UAS opportunities and pave the way for scalable and replicable results across the globe.

“This BVLOS waiver from the FAA is an important step in proving Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft can safely integrate into the National Airspace System,” said Jason Terreri, Executive Director of Syracuse Regional Airport Authority. “Testing real-world applications of UAS and AAM right here in Central New York showcases the leadership position our region has taken in these efforts.”

NUAIR President and CEO, Ken Stewart, said; “NUAIR has a commitment to the people of New York to integrate and innovate aviation safely and sustainably in a way that benefits the entire state.

“NUAIR’s decade of experience, new opportunity to fully incorporate with daily airport operations, and now this Civil BVLOS Waiver position NUAIR for maximum influence on the traditional and uncrewed aviation industries.”

Don Berchoff, CEO of TruWeather, said; “TruWeather is proud of our association with NUAIR and their groundbreaking achievement in expanding Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight in Central New York. 

“The expansion of the BVLOS airspace provides a great opportunity for users to conduct longer flight tests and collect aircraft performance data in a variety of microclimates, while knowing they have access to the most advanced drone weather services to manage flight risk.”

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