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NORTHWOOD, N.D. — As North Dakota continues to forge a reputation as a hub of drone activity, the potential of the technology is reaching small airports in the region. As the site of a major drone research project, Hillsboro Municipal Airport has become an example that local economic leaders hope to see others emulate. Staff members from the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. have been visiting with officials at the Devils Lake and Northwood airports to discuss how their facilities could play roles in the industry.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Bill Fredericks and his staff drove 28 hours to Grand Forks from Virginia to watch their unmanned aircraft take flight this week. The group would have preferred to fly to North Dakota but a problem with their flight had them loading up their products and driving to the 2016 UAS Summit and Expo, which attracted more than 400 attendees looking for the latest information on unmanned aircraft systems.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—If University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy has his way, unmanned aircraft systems technology will be a common tool across the university. Kennedy spoke Tuesday during the 2016 UAS Summit and Expo in Grand Forks and highlighted what the school has accomplished in terms of the technology and where he would like to see it strengthened.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—It's been a busy summer for an Israeli unmanned aircraft that has spent its time flying over land in Traill and Steele counties for research efforts. The Hermes 450 aircraft and its crew were lauded Monday by local and regional leaders who noted the flights were helping keep North Dakota at the cutting edge of the unmanned aircraft systems industry.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Jakee Stoltz and Matt Henry spend their workdays flying a variety of drones for researchers in Grand Forks, but they don't put the controllers down when they clock out for the day. The pair are behind a chapter of recreational drone racers that is taking shape in Grand Forks called Red River Rotocross. While many drone hobbyists use the devices to take aerial video and photographs, Henry and Stoltz found the aircraft can be used for even more after finding videos of various racing events on the internet.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Accomplishments made with unmanned aircraft systems in North Dakota were recognized recently during a workshop hosted on the White House campus. The "Workshop on Drones and the Future of Aviation" assembled leaders from areas of industry, academia and government to outline the future of integrating unmanned aircraft, also known as drones, into the national airspace and discuss necessary policies to ensure that happens, according to a news release.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Business and political leaders spent Monday making the case for a large defense contractor to consider expanding to Grand Forks. Executives from Raytheon, which manufactures numerous products including sensing systems for large unmanned aircraft systems, listened to the pitch and received a tour of Grand Sky business park.
HILLSBORO, N.D. — His target just out of sight, Kent Ridl leaned into the left turn until his plane found itself once again on a straight course. "There it is," said co-pilot Ken Schuler, whose eyes hadn't left his quarry during the turn. "Keep coming, keep coming, keep coming." A few hundred feet ahead and above their position flew an unmanned aircraft busy photographing the sprawling farmland below them. The pair had one mission: keep the aircraft in their sights at all time. "It's a position game all day long," Schuler said.
GRAND FORKS—It was hard to tell whose smile stretched the farthest Tuesday among supporters at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Robin Hall, the University of North Dakota's latest aerospace building. Larry Martin, chairman of the UND Aerospace Foundation board of directors, surmised that it would have belonged to the late John Odegard, the namesake and founder of the university's school of aerospace sciences. "If John were with us today, his smile would be as wide as this room," Martin said, standing in the first floor commons of the new 66,000-square-foot building.
GRAND FORKS -- Come Aug. 29, the Federal Aviation Administration testing center at the University of North Dakota is expected to get a little busier. That date marks the day when federal regulations go into effect for commercial and government operators of unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones. Under the new rules, those wanting to pilot these aircraft will need to obtain a remote pilot certificate by passing an aviation knowledge test.