Pendleton, OR – The Eastern Oregon Regional Airport and Pendleton Unmanned Aircraft Systems Range (PUR) was host to an Open House provided for the City of Pendleton and local community on Friday, 25 July 2014.
The event served as an opportunity for the Airport to showcase cutting-edge technology at the recently awarded Pendleton UAS Range, as well as current and future Airport plans and operations. Pendleton’s own Oregon Army National Guard unit displayed a CH-47 Chinook and RQ-7 Shadow Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Pendleton’s local Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 219 put on an impressive display of classic aircraft. Parents and kids got to enjoy displays from the Pendleton Fire Department showcasing the Airport’s robust safety capabilities. An un-related training visit of U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harriers from Marine Attack Squadron 311, from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, AZ generated even more excitement for visitors.
High-tech UAS industry are arriving at Pendleton as a result of the recently awarded Pendleton UAS Range. Newcomer, Argentech Solutions (www.ArgenTechSolutions.com), provided tours of their advanced UAS Mobile Operations Center based out of the Pendleton UAS Range which is used to support Test Range operations as well as Geographic Information System (GIS) support for the U.S. Forest Service’s wildfire fighting efforts. The PUR Management Team, Peak 3 Technical Services, provided informational briefings about UAS platforms that will be operating at the Range. The Team described the various UAS which can support agriculture, forestry, public safety and other sectors of Pendleton’s economy. Pendleton’s Blue Mountain Community College showcased their newly developed UAS Program with curriculum focused on UAS design, configuration and operation for students.
Since awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the PUR has been busy establishing policies, procedures and programs in coordination with the Pan-Pacific Test Range Complex, FAA and State of Oregon, in order to establish a safe and effective operational UAS Test Range. After a rigorous 10-month selection process involving 25 proposals from 24 states, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chose the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport and City of Pendleton as one of the few Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Ranges across the country. The PUR is charged with assisting the FAA in Research and Development of how to safely integrate UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS).
The Eastern Oregon Regional Airport and City of Pendleton hired Peak 3, an experienced UAS services company, to provide program development and management support for the PUR.
“Peak 3 and the Pendleton UAS Range have received nothing but support from the City of Pendleton and this Open House serves as an opportunity to showcase all the great work going on at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport and Pendleton UAS Range,” says Peak 3 PUR Range Manager John Stevens. “We are working hard with the Pan-Pacific Test Range Complex and FAA to bring the PUR into full operations and this our chance to say thank you to the local community for their incredible support and hospitality.”
According to the Airport Manager, Steve Chrisman: “City staff recognizes tremendous economic opportunity in UAS, but also knows that we’ll only be as good as the services we provide our customers. It’s imperative that we quickly establish ourselves as the premier range on the West Coast by offering unparalleled safety management and support services. Thanks to Peak 3’s expertise and our nearly completed UAS tech park, we think we’re very close to accomplishing that goal.”
Please find out more information at the Pendleton UAS range website: www.PendletonUAS.com
Peak 3, Inc. is a Veteran-owned, small business, headquartered in Anchorage, AK. Peak 3 is a multi-faceted Unmanned Aircraft services company that uses their extensive experience across manned and unmanned aviation to provide exceptional operations, logistics, training and program development solutions for their customers. Find out more about Peak 3 at www.Peak3Inc.com or @Peak3Inc. Peak 3 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Press Release Information: Laura Hafner, Peak 3 Inc., 603-836-0586