Today Congressman Kevin Cramer announced FAA Administrator Michael Huerta signed a certificate of authorization making Grand Forks the first unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test site in the nation. Cramer released the following statement:
"This distinction speaks for itself. Becoming the first test site in the nation is a testament to the excellent work done by a unique partnership of government and private industry across state lines. It is also promising news for our state. North Dakota is poised to be the UAS research leader, and a main beneficiary of its implementation in precision agriculture and other industries."
As a member of the Science, Space and Technology Committee, Cramer has been at the forefront of FAA issues ranging from UAS integration to the oversight of air traffic controller qualifications. In addition, he started the FAA UAS Test Site Coalition with Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo and five colleagues to discuss common challenges and develop solutions to UAS issues as they arise.