DRONE BIZ: February Event To Feature ND Test Site, Its Beyond-line-of-sight Permissions

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — With innovative permissions from the Federal Aviation Administration at their disposal, local researchers are set to begin exploring operations for flying drones beyond the line of visual sight.

Staff from the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site will present on the topic at this month’s Drone Biz event. Executive Director Nick Flom and Director of Operations Trevor Woods will discuss the significance of the permissions and what they mean for bringing new opportunities to the area.

The announcement of BVLOS permissions came Dec. 28. North Dakota’s test site is the first in the nation to secure such permissions and will be able to support the development, testing and evaluation of applications for unmanned aircraft systems technology.

You can RSVP for the event by Feb. 7 by following this link. Drone Biz is free to attend, but lunch can be purchased for $10. This month’s event will be held at the Red Roof Inn, 710 First Ave. N., in downtown Grand Forks.

Drone Biz is held from noon to 1 p.m. every second Thursday at alternating locations in Grand Forks.