Three Down, Three to Go: FAA Announces Next Site for Drone Tests

By Kevin Eck 

FAA_304Desert Rock Airport in Mercury, NV, is the third drone testing site to get the OK from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA granted the State of Nevada team a two-year Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to use an Insitu ScanEagle at the Desert Rock Airport located in Mercury, NV. Desert Rock Airport, owned and operated by the Department of Energy, is a private airport and not for general use. The ScanEagle will fly at or below 3,000 feet, monitored by a visual observer and mission commander. Initial flights will verify that a UAS can operate safely at the airport.

The Desert Rock site is the third of six Congressionally mandated test sites to get the green light.


“Nevada has been on the leading edge of aerospace flight testing for almost 70 years,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Today, the state continues that tradition by contributing to the safe and efficient integration of unmanned aircraft into the U.S. aviation system.”