Pendleton UAS Range Receives “Letter of Approval” by Pan-Pacific Test Range Complex

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The Pendleton UAS Range (PUR) underwent a thorough and comprehensive audit of all processes, procedures and documents today by the Chairman and Director of the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex (PPUTRC), Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Mr. Marty Rogers and Ms. Ro Bailey, respectively, conducted an extensive document review and oral examination of the Range Manager, John Stevens and Range Operations Manager, Ian Mortensen to validate the processes developed to stand up UAS flight test operations. These processes were found to be compliant with evolving Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), PPUTRC and State regulations. As a result, Ms. Bailey and Mr. Rogers signed the Letter of Authorization to conduct UAS flight operations at the PUR using an Aeryon Scout.  Since the FAA award announcement, PUR personnel have worked tirelessly to put together the processes, procedures and guidelines compliant with evolving FAA, PPUTRC and State of Oregon requirements for UAS operations.  The Letter of Authorization serves as a major milestone, one of the final steps towards UAS test flight operations capability at the Range.

“We were excited for the opportunity to show off PUR, the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport, the great City of Pendleton and all the hard work that has gone into moving this UAS Range towards Initial Operating Capability” says John Stevens, PUR Range Manager. “We are grateful for the continued support we receive from the City and Airport as well as the hospitality they continue to show the UAS Test Site community and industry.  This visit from Ms. Bailey and Mr. Rogers exemplifies the collaborative relationship required to execute UAS test operations across a team of three states, and just another example of how the PPUTRC and University of Alaska, Fairbanks’ support is moving this community one step closer to the safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System.”

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