UAS Technical Capability Level (TCL) 4

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Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems - Unmanned Aircraft Systems LogoOn February 15, 2019, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) publicly announced the State of Nevada as an award recipient for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) Technical Capability Level (TCL) 4 operation. This involves Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) flying in higher-density urban areas for tasks such as newsgathering, package delivery, and large-scale contingency mitigation. For the first time in U.S. Aviation history in a metropolitan area under beyond visual line of sight conditions, Nevada will conduct this NASA demonstration over several months in downtown Reno, Nevada. The State of Nevada UAS Test Site, under the leadership of the NIAS, was selected to execute the NASA UTM TCL 4 operation through an intensely competitive process with six other states.

The City of Reno is one of several partners in the NASA UTM TCL4 operation.

Important Dates

Keystone Avenue/Oxbow Park/Crissie Caughlin Park - May *11-23

  • No street closures. 
  • There will be some pedestrian restrictions during the hours of 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. 
  • *May 11: Restricted flying due to the Moms on the Run special event.

Idlewild Park - May 13-17* and May 20-23

  • Street closure: Mastroianni Drive during the hours of 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • There will be some pedestrian restrictions during the hours of 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • *May 17: Restricted flying due to the Food Truck Fridays special event in Idlewild Park.

Additional street closure: Chism Street (east/west portion only) - May 13-17

  • 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Street is expected to open earlier on May 17.

Downtown Reno - May 19-24

  • Street closure: Virginia Street from Mill Street to 2nd Street during the hours of 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.
    City Plaza restricted to NIAS use only and fenced off to the general public on all of the days listed above.
  • There will be some pedestrian restrictions during the hours of 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • *May 17: Restricted flying until noon due to the Hot August Nights Spring Fever Revival special event in downtown Reno.

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Partners

The Nevada (Smart Silver State) NASA UTM partners include: Uber Elevate, Switch, AirMap, Avision Robotics, Harris Corporation, AiRXOS a GE company, ANRA Technologies, WhiteFox Defense, Iris Automation, Drone America, Echodyne, Fortem, UltiSat, Inc., AviSight, Inc, Utah State University AggieAir, Deseret UAS, Telesis, College of Southern Nevada (CSN), Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, the Cities of Reno and Henderson, Town of Laughlin, Apex Unmanned, Ainstein, escAerospace, Viasat, University of Nevada Reno (UNR), international partners Institute of Aviation, Warsaw (ILOT), RelmaTech, Aerium Analytics, Canadian UAV, AVSS-Aerial Vehicle Safety Solutions Inc, and ACAMP.

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Media Requests

Members of the news media can use our media request form to submit an inquiry regarding the UAS testing programs that are occurring with the City of Reno.