A Qube unmanned aircraft awaits deployment during a June 11 law enforcement training mission at UND’s Oakville Prairie research site. Photo by Brandi Jewett/Grand Forks Herald.

Northeast Region UAS Unit Receives National Award

The Northeast Region Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit  has received national recognition for its work. The unit, which is based in Grand Forks, was presented with the International Association of Chiefs of Police Excellence in Police Aviation Award at the IACP Annual Conference earlier this month in San Diego. Awards are presented to an individual who holds…
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Karl Seledkov of Community Contractors, works on the new gate at the entrance of  Grand Sky aviation and technology park Monday afternoon. (Jesse Trelstad/Grand Forks Herald)

Five Years After Its Inception, Grand Sky Continues To Take Shape

Tom Swoyer Jr. can recall in 2011 sitting around a boardroom table in the UND Center for Innovation with local leaders discussing the idea of building an airport for unmanned aircraft. The pitch for an aviation business park on vacant Grand Forks Air Force Base land came at a time when commercial flight of the…
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Researchers Explore Technology That Could Prevent Midair Conflicts Between Drones, Other Aircraft

A team of North Dakota researchers is testing technology that will allow airplane pilots and others to detect the presence of flying drones and avoid incidents such as midair collisions. The research project is using cooperative airspace techniques and visualization technology to make a case to the Federal Aviation Administration in hopes the agency would…
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Everett Dunnick, program manager of General Atomics' North Dakota flight training academy, gives a presentation Oct. 13 in Grand Forks. (Brandi Jewett/Grand Forks Herald.)

General Atomics Employee Outlines Company’s Journey To N.D. Training Academy

Though he got his start in aviation by jumping out of planes as a Marine, Everett Dunnick now oversees one of the newest training facilities for unmanned aircraft in the country. Dunnick is the program manager of the flight training academy that General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is constructing at Grand Sky technology park near…
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A crowd gathers to view the Hermes 450 unmanned aircraft on display Monday during a field day at the Hillsboro (N.D.) Regional Airport. Photo by Brandi Jewett/Grand Forks Herald.

Small Airports Could Be Next Focus Of North Dakota’s Drone Industry

NORTHWOOD, N.D. — As North Dakota continues to forge a reputation as a hub of drone activity, the potential of the technology is reaching small airports in the region. As the site of a major drone research project, Hillsboro Municipal Airport has become an example that local economic leaders hope to see others emulate. Staff…
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