• Dignitaries Celebrate UAV Flight Milestone at Grand Sky

    Dignitaries Celebrate UAV Flight Milestone at Grand Sky0

    Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, industry leaders and elected officials celebrated the launch of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight operations for large unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on Monday at Grand Sky, a UAS-focused research and development park at Grand Forks AFB, N.D. “Flying large UAS beyond visual line of sight in the national

  • Defense Communities Soar in FAA Competition for UAS Test Sites0

    Multiple defense communities will benefit from the Federal Aviation Administration’s selection of six winning proposals to develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites, with one active-base community and one BRAC site hosting research locations, and numerous military installations expected to participate in the effort to safely integrate drones into the nation’s airspace. State and local officials from across the country anxiously awaited Monday’s announcement as winning hosts of test sites are expected to bolster their economies through the growth of companies and university programs involved in UAS research and manufacturing …

  • Air Guard Wing at Willow Grove Gets Drone Mission0

    The Pennsylvania Air National Guard’s 111th Fighter Wing, located at Horsham Air Guard Station, will take on ground control for the MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial system starting Oct. 1, officials announced Wednesday. The new mission for the 111th helps make up for the loss of the unit’s A-10 fighter jets, which were realigned following the 2005 round of base closures. The wing will add a total of 250 military and civilian jobs, including about 75 full-time jobs, reported the Morning Call. Sequestration could delay the new mission from going ahead, though, as the base currently has a hiring freeze, said a spokesman. The Air Guard station is located at the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove in suburban Philadelphia.