New UAS traffic management system to be established in New York, US

The state of New York is planning to establish a 50-mile flight traffic management corridor for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) between Syracuse and the Griffiss International Airport in Rome, US.


The state of New York is planning to establish a 50-mile flight traffic management corridor for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) between Syracuse and the Griffiss International Airport in Rome, US.

Announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the new system will be implemented to bolster the state's growing UAS industry.

UAS systems have been increasingly used in various applications, such as agriculture and forest management, transportation and logistics, media and film development, utilities and infrastructure, and public safety.

"This major development builds on Central New York’s strengths and will cement the region as a global hub for this rapidly growing industry."

A $30m investment will be made in the project by the Empire State Development and Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, representing the second phase of Project U-SAFE.

The project seeks to fast-track testing, certification and safe integration of UAS into the airspace.

Governor Cuomo said: "This major development builds on Central New York’s strengths and will cement the region as a global hub for this rapidly growing industry.

"With strategic investments in emerging high-growth sectors, we are strengthening regional economies across New York and reinvigorating this state’s spirit of innovation and enterprise."

Scheduled to begin operations by 2018, the proposed 50-mile corridor will create opportunities for sensor companies to deploy, test and validate their systems to support UAS traffic management.


Image: New York (NY) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announces $30m to establish unmanned aircraft systems traffic management system in Central NY. Photo: courtesy of Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.