The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and
Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) along with project partners will be
conducting its first
public mission of North Dakota’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integrated
Pilot Program at the NDSU tailgating area in Fargo between the hours of 9 a.m.
and approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 29. The North Dakota UAS team obtained waivers from the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) to conduct the UAS (Drone) flights at the Fargodome
parking lots of E, F and G. The use of UAS on the Fargodome grounds are
otherwise not authorized or permitted.
Dakota’s UAS (drone) mission is with Media and Emergency Response crews in
flight over people at the tailgating event in Fargodome’s west parking lot
before the North Dakota State University football game. UASs will be flying
over the tailgating area to gather data and serve as a real-world example to
help the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) create new regulations that will
enable the safe and secure integration of UASs into national airspace systems.
The partners working on this mission with NDDOT and NPUASTS include: North
Dakota State University, CNN, Botlink, Parazero, AirMap, Cass County Sheriff’s
Office, Adams Communication & Engineering Technology (ACET) and
Doug Burgum along with Senator John Hoeven, Representative Kevin Cramer and
other officials will be present during the mission and making remarks at 11 a.m
at the Fargo Air Museum. The UAS team will have an information booth in Thundar
Alley at the tailgating event for more information on UAS use.
Dakota’s IPP team and its partners are committed to safe and efficient
operations of unmanned aircraft in North Dakota. For more information about
North Dakota’s UAS Integration Pilot Program go to: dot.nd.gov/uas