North Dakota's Northern Plains UAS Test Site is one of seven FAA-approved UAS test sites.
The test sites conduct crucial research to determine how to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace. The Northern Plains UAS Test Site was the first FAA test site to conduct flights, launching its first research flight in early May 2014.
The Northern Plains UAS Test Site is headquartered in Grand Forks, ND.
Northern Plains Unmanned Systems Authority
North Dakota has created the Northern Plains Unmanned Systems Authority, a six-member commission assembled to help advance North Dakota's UAS opportunities and to provide oversight for the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. The authority is chaired by Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford and includes representatives from the state's general aviation industry, University of North Dakota Aerospace, North Dakota Aeronautics Commission, North Dakota Department of Commerce and the Office of the Adjutant General.
Nicholas Flom is the Executive Director for the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site, an organization designated by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace system. Previously, Mr. Flom was the Director of Safety for the Test Site where he chaired the Independent Safety Review Board for the Test Site, implemented the Safety Management
System and was responsible for ensuring that safety is the test site’s highest priority. Mr. Flom represents the Test Site in multi-stakeholder standards groups and industry activities.
Mr. Flom holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate for single and multi-engine land with over 4,000 flight hours. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Aviation from the University of North Dakota.