State of Nevada named as site of FAA/UAS traffic management pilot program

Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) has announced the State of Nevada has been selected by the FAA as an unmanned aircraft system test site for the DOT/FAA UAS traffic management (UTM) pilot program (UPP), the company said.

UPP is a milestone pilot program to safely integrate drones into the National Airspace System (NAS). Congress directs coordination, collaboration, development, and publication of a UTM Research Plan and establishment of a UTM Pilot Program (UPP) through the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016. The UPP includes development and demonstration of enterprise services to support initial UTM operations. The innovative Nevada UPP concept is a Smart Silver State (S3) theme to advance the UTM and help the FAA evolve airspace procedures and processes.

The Nevada UPP will focus on advanced airspace, drone, and sensor technology for safe drone airspace operations in an urban environment.

The Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) and FAA-designated Nevada Unmanned Aviation Test Site leads the growth of the Nevada Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS) Industry through business teaming relationships, collaborating with primary research institutions on UAS research and development, and enhancing the Nevada UAS Industry knowledge base to attract new and permanent business and create jobs in the State of Nevada.