Grand Forks UAS unit receives excellence award

The Northeast Regional UAS Unit (NERUASU) received the Excellence in Police Aviation award, which recognizes exemplary work in airborne law enforcement. The award emphasizes initiatives to enhance the general level and safety of operations, accident prevention programs, and the efficiency and effectiveness of airborne law enforcement. The award was given by the International Association of …

Five years after its inception, Grand Sky continues to take shape

By Brandi Jewett Grand Forks Herald October 17, 2016 Tom Swoyer Jr. can recall in 2011 sitting around a boardroom table in the UND Center for Innovation with local leaders discussing the idea of building an airport for unmanned aircraft. The pitch for an aviation business park on vacant Grand Forks Air Force Base land …

UAS Ecosystem: Catalyst for growth

How has the EDC evolved to support North Dakota’s UAS growth, the ecosystem of UAS? That question was posed to me at the UAS Summit last week. I found a description of ecosystem that perfectly describes our region and how we’ve developed this young UAS sector: An ecosystem is about how people meet, talk, trust, …

Grand Forks-based Global Hawk helps reach 200,000 hour mark

Appearing in the Grand Forks Herald on July 26, 2016 A Global Hawk based at Grand Forks Air Force Base helped its aircraft model hit more than 200,000 flight hours logged since it was rolled out for service nearly 15 years ago. The high-altitude unmanned aircraft is utilized by the U.S. Air Force for intelligence …

Premier UAS event to showcase Grand Forks, state

Produced by UAS Magazine and the Red River Valley Research Corridor. The UAS Summit agenda will showcase why North Dakota is the top UAS destination in the U.S. GRAND FORKS, ND – (July 21, 2016) – UAS Magazine announced this week the preliminary agenda for the 10th annual UAS Summit & Expo, the Upper Midwest’s …

Grand Sky tenants cleared for lift-off

Published June 8, 2016: Grand Forks Herald By Brandi Jewett With a hefty toss, pilot Adam Overvold sent a fixed-wing aircraft soaring into the air Wednesday above Grand Sky business park. Nearby, about a dozen bystanders watched the unmanned aircraft circle an empty patch of land west of Grand Forks Air Force Base—land that many …