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Looking for UAS Registration details and other guidelines for safe and legal unmanned aircraft systems operations? Please visit the Federal Aviation Administration UAS site.
 
Also, check out the Know Before You Fly educational campaign site for more about the safe and responsible operation of your UAS.
 
Welcome to the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center
 
The OH/IN UAS Center is a joint venture between the states of Ohio and Indiana. The overall mission of the UAS Center is to advance UAS commercialization and support flight operations for government and agencies. It offers a mix of services and capabilities to support research, development, testing and evaluation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technologies for businesses, government and academia. These activities will enhance economic development and place Ohio in a leadership role as the Federal Aviation Administration integrates UAS into the National Airspace System.
 
The Ohio/Indiana UAS Center (UASC) is located under the Ohio Department of Transportation as the premiere UAS support agency for the State of Ohio.
 
 

  Enabling UAS Technology in Ohio and Indiana

 

 

 Ohio/Indiana UAS Center Services

 
 
ü Flight Operations Support
ü COA, Waiver Preparation
ü FAA Coordination
ü Research and Development Support
ü UAS Program Development
ü UAS Program Education and Instruction
ü UAS Consultation
 
For more information on how the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center can help with your UAS operations, please see our Services page.
 
 

 Ohio/Indiana UAS Center News

 
  
12/29/2015
FAA Grants OH/IN UAS Center Greater Use of Airspace
 
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the OH/IN UAS Center’s (UASC) request for a Section 333 exemption under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The 333 exemption allows the UASC to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in our national airspace system. The UASC will use UAS to conduct precision agriculture; education, environmental, wildlife, and forestry monitoring; infrastructure inspection; survey and mapping, and research and development.  The UASC will use state owned small aircraft that weigh under 10lbs to conduct these operations.
Link: Read the full UASC press release here
10/23/2015

​Ohio/Indiana UAS Center partners with University of Cincinnati

The Ohio/Indiana UAS Center has teamed up with the University of Cincinnati to conduct research and development on systems necessary to execute precision flight control algorithms for small UAS. Outcomes from this research are targeted to help emergency responders but may also be leveraged for other industrial purposes.  The small UAS leased by the UAS Center, is a rotocopter that weighs 15 pounds and has a payload capacity of 10 pounds.

Link: Read the full press release
8/24/2015

​Clark State Community College Begins Flying UAS for Precision Agriculture

Clark State Community College has initiated flying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as part of their new precision agriculture program.  The new program is designed to prepare students for employment with companies using geospatial technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) applied to agricultural production or management activities, such as pest scouting, site-specific pesticide application, yield mapping, or variable-rate irrigation. 

Link: Read the full press release
8/18/2015

OH/IN UAS Center Flies Cleveland Metroparks

Last week, the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center supported Cleveland Metroparks by flying successful missions for environmental studies used to assess and monitor the overall health of the parks.  The flight operations were conducted with a small 1.5 lb. unmanned aircraft in airspace authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Link: Read the full OH/IN UASC press release
7/20/2015

Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and The Ohio State University begin regular flight operations

The Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (UASC) and The Ohio State University have initiated regular flight operations at Molly Caren Agricultural Center.  These flights will enable aeronautical research of various types of UAS sensors.
Link: Read the full OH/IN UASC press release here
2/23/2015
OH/IN UAS Center Partners with Wright State University and the National Center for Medical Readiness
The UASC is working with NCMR to expand unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) efforts supporting first responder and emergency management training.  The overall advantage of flying UAS is to provide situational awareness to first responders.  Deploying a UAS during an emergency situation can provide critical information that can be used to find survivors or to assess damage during accidents and disasters.
Link: Read the full OH/IN UASC press release here
2/10/2015

OH/IN UAS Center Receives Fifth FAA Approval for Flying at Ohio State University

Agriculture is the number one industry in Ohio and the UASC and OSU have received two new COAs to explore new technology and techniques to increase agricultural productivity and enhance environmental protection.

Link: Read the full press release
1/15/2015

OH/IN UAS Center Receives FAA Permission to Conduct Flight Operations over Cleveland Metroparks

Cleveland Metroparks will soon be using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for environmental studies designed to assess and monitor the overall health of the parks.  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted two separate Certificates of Authorization (COA) to the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center to conduct the flight operations in support of Cleveland Metroparks.
Link: Read the full OH/IN UASC Press Release
1/13/2015
OH/IN UAS Center and Clark State Community College Collaborate on Precision Agriculture
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a Certificate of Authorization for the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center to conduct flight operations in support of Clark State Community College’s UAS and precision agriculture program.   
Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center Press Release
11/24/2014

​OH/IN UAS Center Receives FAA Permission to Fly with Ohio State University Agriculture Center

This week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted two separate Certificates of Authorization (COA) to the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center to conduct flight operations in support of precision agriculture research at The Ohio State University’s (OSU) Molly Caren Agriculture Center in London, Ohio. Agriculture is the number one industry in Ohio and the UASC and OSU have teamed to explore new technology and techniques to increase the industry’s growth. 

Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center Press Release
10/28/2014

​OH/IN UAS Center and Wright State Research Institute Test Mapping Aircraft

The Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (UASC) and Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) conducted their first joint flight operation at Wilmington Air Park yesterday. The flight operation was supported by a Dayton company, 3D Aerial Solutions, and the aircraft used was a senseFly eBee.​

Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center press release
9/9/2014

​OH/IN UAS Center Partners with the City of Springfield

Today, the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (UASC) announced a formal partnership with the city of Springfield and Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. The airport serves corporate, military, and general aviation customers, and is also home to military units representing the Ohio Army National Guard, Army Reserve and Ohio Air National Guard Units.​

Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center Press Release
9/9/2014

​OH/IN UAS Center Partners with Clark State Community College

Today the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (UASC) announced a formal partnership with Clark State Community College. The UASC is looking to expand precision agriculture efforts statewide while Clark State Community College has developed a UAS program around agriculture. ​

Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center Press Release
8/20/2014

​Centerville High School Wins Destination Dayton Challenge

Ohio Robots Inc. and Sinclair Community College hosted the Destination Dayton UAS Challenge with local high school students last Saturday. The purpose of the competition is to develop civic and commercial awareness of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technologies at the high school level. The indoor challenge required students to build their own aircraft, which had to deliver a small object to a specified target, simulating a commercial package delivery service. The Centerville High School team was the overall winner while Milford High School was runner up. ​

Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center Press Release
7/25/2014

​OH/IN UAS Center Partners with Wilmington Park

Today, the Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aerial Systems Center (UASC) announced a formal partnership with Wilmington Air Park supporting UAS flying, advancing technology and manufacturing efforts in the state of Ohio. This partnership lays the foundation for system development and test infrastructure supporting federal and state agencies and academia. The ultimate goal is to provide opportunities for and support businesses in their efforts to develop and grow in this rapidly emerging industry. ​

Link: To full OH/IN UAS Center press release
5/22/2014
Ohio/Indiana UAS Center Supports Test Flights In Preparation For The NASA UAS Air Operations Challe​nge
The first series of Unmanned Aircraft Systems test flights have been conducted successfully
 
The National​ Aerospace and Space Administration (NASA) and the Air Force Research Laboratory conducted Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) flight operations at Camp Atterbury this week with the support of the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center.  NASA’s UAS Air Operations Centennial Challenge is focused on developing new technology to help UAS integrate safely into the NAS (National Airspace System).  The Dayton Development Coalition was instrumental in attracting NASA to the region for this competition and sponsorship of the event.
Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center News Release
12/20/2013

​Teams Registering for UAS Airspace Operations Challenge

Teams of aerospace researchers across the country are signing up to compete for $500,000 in prize money by demonstrating the ability to fly unmanned aircraft through an airspace obstacle course. Registration began two months ago for the NASA 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Airspace Operations Challenge, coordinated by Development Projects Inc. (DPI) of Dayton, Ohio. Since then, numerous teams from industry and academia have signed up to demonstrate their capabilities and to compete in the first phase scheduled for April 2014. Registrations for the first phase will run through March 31, 2014.

Link: Full OH/IN UAS Center News Release
10/1/2013

Test Center to host UAS Airspace Operations Challenge​

The Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex is working in close collaboration with NASA to host the Unmanned Airspace Operations Phase I Challenge that will be held April 28th-May 2nd, 2014 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.  The challenge offers a prize purse of $500,000 for the first phase of the competition and is looking for innovative “sense and avoid” technology to help integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System.

Link: More information on the challenge
 

 UAS Program Support

 

 

Looking for guidance on how to fly your UAS commercially? Need assistance creating your UAS program? Our knowledgeable staff can help build your UAS program specific to your needs. Contact us today!

 

 Access to Airspace

 

 

Wanting to fly beyond the requirements of the Small UAS Rule (Part 107)? You will need to request a Waiver or Airspace Authorization from the FAA. Contact the UAS Center for information on the FAA waiver process and to discuss your UAS operational needs.

 

 For UAV Hobbyists...

 

 

 

and recreational flyers:
Learn more about the FAA's operational requirements and safety guidelines for hobbyists and recreational flyers here.  


 
Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center 
4170 Allium Ct., Springfield, Ohio 45505