The Warm Springs UAS Test Range, a member of the federal Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex (PPUTRC), is expanding its operations to Prineville and Madras airports in support of Oregon’s rapid unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry growth.
Madras Municipal Airport and Prineville Airport offer full-length runways, hangars, conference space and pilot lounges. Designated airworthiness representatives are also available at these locations for type certification projects, the test range notes.
Kelly Coffelt, Prineville Airport manager, says, “Our airport, only 25 minutes from Bend, provides the ideal proving ground for UAS type certification projects.”
“We are excited to offer support for the Warm Springs UAS Test Range clients,” adds Rob Berg, Madras Airport manager. “The Warm Springs Test Range crew has the knowledge and expertise to ensure the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into our airspace, and we look forward to the positive impact this will have on our community.”
Located in the high desert of central Oregon, the Warm Springs UAS Test Range is a key testing facility of PPUTRC – one of the Federal Aviation Administration-selected drone test sites across the country – and is owned and operated by a Native American tribe on tribal land.
“The expansion project will allow Warm Springs to support unmanned aircraft systems clients who require an airport for launch and recovery, as well as having certified maintenance facilities readily available,” says Liz Stalford, manager of the Warm Springs facility.