NY gets FAA waiver for routine large drone flights in NUAIR corridor
Drones operating in New York’s Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) development and research flight corridor are set to increase in girth under a new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) waiver that will allow routine testing of larger, heavier UAVs.
Oneida County officials announced that the FAA delivered their waiver request for regular flights by drones of up to 300 pounds within the 50-mile swath of NUAIR’s dedicated airspace between Syracuse and Rome, NY. Oneida County is home to Griffiss International Airport, the key facility in the state’s effort to develop UAV applications and uses, and establish an ecosystem positioning New York as a leader in the sector.
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Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. said the FAA authorization will save drone operators using the NUAIR corridor – as well as federal employees – a great deal of time by avoiding the…