The Test Range Manager of the Warm Springs FAA UAS Test Range joins us as our guest.
Liz Stalford is the FAA UAS Test Range Manager for the Warm Springs – University of Alaska, Fairbanks Pan Pacific Unmanned Test Range Complex (PPUTRC). The complex is one of six official FAA test sites in the United States. It spans seven climate zones, allowing UAS manufacturers and potential users to test their equipment in the Arctic, the tropics, and arid environments.
Liz describes the unique capabilities of the Warm Springs FAA UAS Test Range and what it can offer to clients. She tells us about the types of operations being conducted at Warm Springs, as well as their recent expansion of operations to Prineville and Madras Airports. In addition to many U.S. clients, the test range is seeing interest from other countries. See: UAS range working to sign Flyox.
Liz is a commercial pilot with multi-engine, seaplane, and instructor ratings. She has High Performance, Complex, and Tailwheel endorsements. Liz also has military unmanned aircraft experience providing surrogate MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper close air support to the United States Air Force’s 548th and 549th Combat Training Squadrons during Green Flag pre-deployment exercises.
Previously, Liz was general manager and chief pilot for the manned and unmanned flight departments at ArrowData. That aerospace and data services company specializes in persistent data collection, transmission, analytics, and distribution services.
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