RELATED: BVLOS authorization unleashes research in Springfield
Earlier this year, researchers won federal authorization for drone and UAS testing beyond a pilot’s line of direct sight. The Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have started testing key aviation technology at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport.
Being allowed to fly drones beyond an operator’s visual line of sight greatly expands the kinds of research that can be performed in Southwestern Ohio.
Shortly before the official FAA announcement in April, Loren Thompson, a nationally consulted defense industry analyst and chief operating officer of the Arlington, Va.-based Lexington Institute, said the Dayton-Springfield region may be the only region in the nation with FAA authorization for BVLOS research.
“This is the latest step in Dayton’s continued emergence as an aerospace innovation center,” he said at the time. “Unmanned aircraft are the wave of the future in aerospace, and now the Dayton area will have a major flight testing facility.”