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Warm Springs Test Range Expands Operations

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Liz Stalford, Warm Springs Test Range Manager, 480-205-6644, [email protected]

Warm Springs FAA UAS Test Range Expands Operations to Prineville and Madras

June 30, 2017 – Warm Springs, Ore. – The Warm Springs FAA UAS Test Range, a member of the Pan Pacific UAS Test Range Complex (PPUTRC), is expanding its operations to Prineville and Madras Airports to support Oregon’s rapid UAS industry growth.

“The expansion project will allow Warm Springs to support Unmanned Aircraft Systems clients who require an airport for launch and recovery as well as having certified maintenance facilities readily available,” said Liz Stalford, Warm Springs FAA Test Range Manager.

Madras Municipal Airport and Prineville Airport offer full-length runways, hangars, conference space and pilot lounges. Clients who partner with Warm Springs UAS Test Range will get expanded access without the need to coordinate and gain approvals for multiple test sites. Designated Airworthiness Representatives are also available at these locations for type certification projects.

“We are excited to offer support for the Warm Springs UAS Test Range clients. The Warm Springs Test Range crew has the knowledge and expertise to ensure the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into our airspace and we look forward to the positive impact this will have on our community,” said Rob Berg, Madras Airport Manager.

“As Prineville continues to expand with its innovative business residents like Apple and Facebook, we look forward to supporting the Warm Springs UAS Test Range unmanned aircraft industry,” said Steve Forrester, Prineville City Manager. Kelly Coffelt, Prineville Airport Manager reports, “Our airport, only 25 minutes from Bend, provides the ideal proving ground for UAS type certification projects.”


About Warm Springs FAA UAS Test Range
The Warm Springs UAS Test Range is a key testing facility for the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex, one of only six official FAA UAS test sites in the United States and is the only site owned and operated by a Native American tribe on tribal land. Located on the high desert of Central Oregon, the Warm Springs UAS Test Range provides both startups and established industry giants the easy access, expansive terrain, blue skies, seclusion and after-hours entertainment necessary for a successful test.

Conference Postponed

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The Drones & Public Safety Conference has been postponed. It was scheduled to be held at Kah-nee-ta Resort & Spa in Warm Springs, Oregon on May 24 and 25th and will be rescheduled to a later date to be determined.

“We have decided to postpone the Drones & Public Safety Conference due to the close proximity to the AUVSI conference. I can’t thank you enough for your willingness to support our efforts and sincerely hope you will be able to participate when we reschedule. We will contact you with a future date as soon as we can narrow it down. Thank you again for all your support and patience.”

Liz Stalford – Warm Springs UAS Test Range Manager

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WS UAS Training Center Groundbreaking

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Warm Springs Tribal Council and Warm Springs Ventures groundbreaking

Left to right: Keeyonna Yellowman, Miss Warm Springs, Lee Tom-Tribal Council member, Valerie Switzler-Tribal Council member, Aurolyn Stwyer-WSV/UAS, Roy Sampel WSV Board Chair

The remodel for the UAS training center has begun at Kah-nee-ta Resort. The groundbreaking took place on July 7, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. with many interested tribal members, Tribal Council, and the Warm Springs Ventures Board Chair.