NUAIR Appoints Airworthiness Manager for UAS Test Site


The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) Alliance, the nonprofit group in charge of managing the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test site in New York, says it has appointed a new airworthiness manager.

According to a news post on the company's site, Cady P. Kepler Jr. – a 33-year veteran of the UAS and manned aircraft industry – was named to the position. He comes from the Hancock Field Air National Guard base in Syracuse, N.Y., where he was a mechanic instructor.

In his new role, NUAIR says, Kepler will be in charge of deciding if an aircraft can be tested at the site. This includes looking at “engineering data and flight records,” as well as conducting “physical inspections.”

Larry Brinker, the executive director and general counsel at NUAIR, recently told Unmanned Aerial Online that the alliance had received an “endless line” of requests from parties interested in testing at the New York site, which also includes airspace in Massachusetts.

The standards for obtaining permission, Brinker said, vary according to each request but include criteria such as the environment in which the test will take place, the weather conditions and how much experience the crew has in performing the test.

The New York site became operational at the beginning of August. The Virginia site came online shortly after, making all six Federal Aviation Administration-selected UAS test sites officially in business.

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