Governor Cuomo Announces First Segment of New York's 50-mile Drone Corridor Receives Authority from FAA to Fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight

November 7, 2019

New Authority Advances Growth of the 50-Mile Unmanned Aircraft Corridor Being Developed Between Syracuse and Rome New York

Announcement Furthers the Momentum of "CNY Rising" - the Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft beyond visual line of sight within first segment of New York's 50-Mile Unmanned Aircraft System Corridor being built by Oneida County, NUAIR and New York State. This is the first "true" BVLOS authority granted to the FAA-designated test site, which allows unmanned aircraft testing without the need for ground-based observers. This announcement builds on a $30 million investment announced by Governor Cuomo in November of 2016 to advance the growing Unmanned Aircraft System industry as part of the Governor's CNY Rising initiative.

"The drone corridor has transformed Central New York and the Mohawk Valley into a global leader of this next-generation technology, while diversifying New York's economy," Governor Cuomo said. "This Federal designation is an incredible milestone for New York State and will ensure that Central New York and the Mohawk Valley regions remain the global hub for Unmanned Aircraft System advancement and integration for generations to come."

Read the full press release here.