Providing A Safe & Efficient UAS Research Environment
  • Unequalled history, legacy, and culture of UAS.
  • Immediate access to uncongested airspace statewide and custom tailored to support your research.
  • Diverse climate and open terrain.
  • Unified commitment from North Dakota and congressional leadership, local industry, and key business decision makers.
  • State grant program to match funds from industry-acedamia research.
  • Strong relationship with GrandSky, a UAS Business and Aviation Park at Grand Forks Air Force Base.
  • Conduct UAS research as a public entity.
  • Special Airworthiness Certification for civil UAS in the Experimental Category through affiliated DARs.
  • Support preparing exemptions under Section 333 of the 2012 FMRA.
  • Support Special Airworthiness Certification of civil UAS in the Restricted Category.
  • Assist with applications for Standard Airworthiness certification of civil UAS when authorized.
  • Flat to rolling terrain with 4-season climate.
  • Low-use airports with hard surface runways.
  • Safety assured through mitigation, solid procedures, & operational restrictions.
  • Low surface population, mostly rural, low average air traffic density.
  • Fully staffed team of UAS aviation experts.
  • North Dakota airspace access through our approved large area COAs.
  • Committed leadership at all levels of state and federal government.
  • Favorable business climate with funded incentives.


"Collaborate with FAA and industry partners to develop equipment, systems, rules, and procedures to safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the NAS without negatively impacting existing general or commercial aviation."

Privacy Policy

It is the policy of the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site (NPUASTS) that all flying under the NPUASTS utilize the policies and procedures of UND’s Committee on UAS Research Ethics and Privacy.

This will ensure our compliance with all local, state and federal guidelines associated with the ethics of flying UAS at the NPUASTS as well as the requirements in the FAA’s Other Transaction Agreement (OTA), Article 3.

Privacy and Ethics Statement by Executive Director Nicholas Flom
Where We Fly

Immediate access to uncongested airspace or customized to support your research!