UAS Unmanned Traffic Management Pilot Program

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Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems - Unmanned Aircraft Systems LogoOn January 14, 2019, Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao addressed attendees to the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Meeting on the future of Transportation.  In her remarks, Secretary Chao highlighted the DOT / FAA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Pilot Program (UPP) awardees, which included the FAA-designated State of Nevada UAS Test Site. 

 
The Nevada UPP will focus on advanced airspace, drone, and sensor technology for safe drone airspace operations in an urban environment.  The Nevada UAS Test Site proposal included over 20 Nevada-based, out of state Nevada Teammates, and international partners and will be demonstrated in the City of Reno with additional testing in the City of Henderson or Town of Laughlin, Nevada.

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.

Resources 

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Partners

The Nevada (Smart Silver State) UPP partners include: AiRXOS a GE venture, ANRA Technologies, WhiteFox Defense, Iris Automation, Drone America, Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, Inc., UltiSat, Inc., AviSight, Deseret-UAS/USU, Telesis, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, the Cities of Reno and Henderson, Town of Laughlin, and international partners Unifly and Institute of Aviation, Warsaw (ILOT).

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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.