Pendleton UAS test range authorized for flights

The Pendleton UAS Test Range has received FAA approval for UAS flights up to 9,999 feet, day or night within visual line of sight, the company said.

The FAA awarded the certification of waiver or authorization (COA) for large drones over 55 pounds throughout the entire 14,000 square miles of the test range.

UAS operations are also now permitted to originate from and land at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport within Class D airspace.

The FAA cleared operators to transition flights between Pendleton and other test site COAs to streamline R&D efforts. The range can now host large UAS in Class D, Class G and Class E airspace.

Pendleton UAS Test Range (PUR) is an FAA-designated test range, offering turn-key UAS flight test support, outstanding weather, diverse testing environments and logistical support for commercial drone developers, educational institutions and public agencies.