Monday, 29 January 2018 12:36

State Reps. Strongly Support NY for FAA Pilot Program

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U.S. Reps. John Katko (NY-24), Claudia Tenney (NY-22), and Elise Stefanik (NY-21), urged the President, the Department of Transportation (DOT), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this week to support New York’s application for the FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP).

The UAS Integration Pilot Program is an opportunity for state, local, and tribal governments to partner with private sector entities to accelerate safe UAS integration. The Program is expected to provide immediate opportunities for new and expanded commercial UAS operations, foster a meaningful dialogue on the balance between local and national interests related to UAS integration, and provide actionable information to the DOT on expanded and universal integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS).

New York State’s proposal was submitted with the support of more than sixty local municipalities, businesses, tribal nations, state authorities, and state agencies that are teaming on the application. The NUAIR Alliance, which operates and manages the UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York, is a key partner in this initiative. Winning designation as an IPP site will allow Central New York to continue its development as a competitive, economic hub for innovation and research in the industry.

“The unmanned aerial systems industry has the potential to generate great economic growth in our region,” said Representative Katko. “The cutting-edge work being done at the NUAIR test site at Griffiss International Airport and in the UTM Corridor from Rome to Syracuse makes our state an international leader in UAS innovation and integration. Being selected as an IPP site will only further our region’s ability to create new jobs, attract businesses, and strengthen our economy. I will continue to advocate for this important initiative and implore the Administration and relevant agencies to give New York’s application full consideration.”

“Griffiss International Airport and the NUAIR Alliance are vitally important regional assets. As the premier UAS test site, Griffiss and our region have the talent and infrastructure necessary to support the IPP site. Securing the designation as an IPP site will bolster our Upstate economy and attract cutting-edge, high-tech companies to our area," said Representative Tenney. “I urge the Trump Administration to consider Upstate New York for this important designation and look forward to working alongside Reps. Kakto and Stefanik throughout the process."

“If New York is successfully selected as an IPP site, it will spur the creation of hundreds of needed, quality jobs in our region. Specifically, in my district, it will help the Department of Environmental Conservation monitor important conservation efforts, emergency management, land surveillance, and public safety in our treasured Adirondack Park. I am proud to strongly support New York’s application for the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program and urge the Administration to give it full consideration,” said Representative Stefanik.

"We are proud of our industry leading capabilities such as our unparalleled State investments, cutting-edge research in both UAS technology and UAS policy, and our proven New York test site team all of which are the basis of our comprehensive UAS Integration Pilot Program proposal," said Major General Marke F. “Hoot” Gibson (ret), CEO of the NUAIR Alliance. "Furthermore the collaboration and bipartisan engagement that supports these efforts, and drives our recent success, will enable us to advance the goals and missions of the IPP program."

Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District of New York, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and the western portion of Oswego County. For more information visit or

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