Drones Can Fly Beyond Line of Sight at Ohio’s UAS Center

Ohio is one of the only states where drones can fly beyond the visual line of sight.

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport in Springfield, Ohio, received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace system. The UAS Center supports the R&D, testing, certification and commercialization of UAS systems.

The state of Ohio and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Dayton have invested $5 million to install a ground-based sense-and-avoid radar system at the airport. The system gives the airport the unique capability of flying drones beyond the operator’s visual line of sight. The AFRL will use the system initially to test UAS, but universities and private companies will also be able to conduct testing at the airport.

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