Monday, April 18, 2011

Airport OKd for UAS flights

COLUMBUS, Miss. - The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a Certificate of Authorization (COA) to Mississippi State University for Stark Aerospace to fly the Heron Unmanned Aerial System from Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The COA allows limited unmanned flights in the national air space, in this case inside the traffic control area of Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The Heron medium altitude long endurance UAS is produced by Stark Aerospace. The aircraft provides reconnaissance and can fly at 30,000 feet. It’s in use in 27 countries. (Source: Stark Aerospace, 04/13/11) Gulf Coast note: Trent Lott International Airport in Moss Point, Miss., and Stennis Space Center, Miss., also have COAs.