About The Warm Springs FAA UAS Test Range

The Warm Springs FAA UAS Test Range is part of the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex (PPUTRC). The PPUTRC is one of six official FAA test sites in the United States. The PPUTRC spans seven climate zones, allowing UAS manufacturers and potential users to test their equipment in the Arctic, the tropics and arid environments. Managed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the test site builds upon ongoing work of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI), which is part of the UAF Geophysical Institute.

Features

  • Four Primary Launch & Recovery Sites
  • Additional Sites Available As Needed
  • Mobile Command Center
  • High-Speed Field-Deployable WiFi via Air Fiber (500 MB) Capacity, with Direct Feed to Mobile Command Center, Provided by Warm Springs Telecom
  • The Warm Springs Range encompasses over 1,000 square miles of controlled access land.
  • Over 1,000 square miles of Class E(>=1,200′ AGL) and Class G(<1,200′ AGL) airspace.
  • SBA 8(a) and hub zone entities are looking for business partners in the UAS industry.
  • Within the boundaries of the range there are over 440,000 acres of of actively managed forest.
  • High accuracy data-sets including LIDAR, historic burns, and forest inventory area available for the entire range.
  • Multiple active and inactive (10 miles of inactive) Bonneville Power Administration lines cross the range.
  • Topography ranging from 1,000′ to 10,500′ MSL is available for flight activity.
  • Range airspace extends from the surface to 17,999′ MSL.
  • High Desert, Forest, Mountain, Canyon Terrains
  • Over 325 VFR Days/Year at Kah-Nee-Ta

Facilities

The Warm Springs FAA UAS Test Range has a variety of facilities available to suit any requirement. Whether you require secure storage, light industrial, or office and training center facilities, we can accommodate your business needs.
 At the Kah-Nee-Ta Lodge, a proposed 5,000 sq. ft. UAS operations and training facility is being developed and will be available for use in the summer 2016.
Kah-Nee-Ta has more than 15,000 sq. ft. of conference space and full catering service. Food service are available for customers on site and through the range.
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Fly Safe

All unmanned aircraft flights at the Warm Springs Test Range are conducted under strict safety guidelines set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration. The range is managed by a team of experienced aviation professionals who ensure that all operations are conducted in accordance with range policies and procedures.

Training

Ground School Training Center with manufacturer-specific computer simulators.  Conference area available for customized training.

Training programs available for applications in wildland firefighting, precision agriculture, transmission line inspection (including wildlife, vegetation management, and early detection of equipment failure).

Additional expertise in Natural Resources mapping and before / after imagery.

Fly Faster

Expedited Flight Approval

Fly Safer

Professional Range Operators

Fly Smarter

Turnkey Testing Environment

Accommodations:

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The Kah-Nee-Ta Resort and Spa at Warm Springs is a full service hotel and resort right in the heart of the Warm Springs FAA UAS Test Range.

The lodge at Kah-Nee-Ta features 139 non-smoking guest rooms, all of which offer private balconies and include admission to the Warm Springs pool. In addition to lodge accommodations, 51 RV sites are available.

Transportation:

The Warm Springs Range is conveniently located in Central Oregon, near both the Redmond and Portland airports.

Weather

Located in Central Oregon, the Warm Springs FAA UAS Test Range supports
year-round flying with mild temperatures, and a dry, high elevation climate.
Six weather stations are located throughout the Warm Springs Range which
provide accurate weather observations for all flight operations