• UAS Park under Way at Grand Forks AFB0

    The Air Force, Grand Forks County and Grand Sky Development Co. on Thursday broke ground on the nation’s first business and aviation park for unmanned aerial systems at Grand Forks AFB, a $300 million project being developed through an enhanced use lease. Last week’s ceremony was three years in the making, and the lead developer highlighted the forward thinking required to get the project off the ground. “It’s about the people that had the vision to embrace unmanned technology and invest in it,” said Tom Swoyer Jr., president of Grand Sky Development Co. “Most importantly, it’s about the people who answered the question, ‘Why not?’ that has made all the difference …

  • Ohio Communities in Running to Become UAS Test Sites for Air Force0

    The Air Force is considering establishing a ground-based sense and avoid test site for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at one of two airfields in Ohio that would be used by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton. The Air Force, which is working with state officials, plans to select one or both sites within about six months, reported the Dayton Daily News. One candidate, the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, is the home of the Ohio Air National Guard and the other, Wilmington Air Park, is a former airbase. Local officials at the two sites expect to attract new jobs from companies involved in commercial drone testing if they are selected …

  • Ft. Wainwright to Host Nine Combat UAVs0

    Nine Gray Eagle combat unmanned aerial vehicles, along with 128 personnel and their families, have been assigned to Fort Wainwright starting next month, Alaska’s congressional delegation announced last week. The aircraft will use existing hangars initially, but the Army plans to request funding for additional UAV facilities at the Fairbanks-area post in the fiscal 2017 budget, according to a joint press release from the lawmakers. “Alaska is the tip of the spear when it comes to the Pentagon’s strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific, but the Pentagon clearly sees it as a superior choice to also respond to increasing military activities in the Arctic region …