New York UAS test site appoints Ken Stewart as new president and CEO

Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) has appointed Ken Stewart as its new president and CEO to oversee Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) activities in New York’s 50-mile UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Corridor and manage the New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY. Stewart most recently served as CEO of AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation, and is a well-known innovator and leader within the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry.

NUAIR, an organizational partner of CenterState CEO, manages the test site for Oneida County which owns the facility. It is one of just seven FAA-designated UAS test sites in the country. The organizations are strategically aligned in their efforts to build public and private partnerships to advance leading-edge UAS and UTM technologies, attracting international investments, contributing to the economic development of the Mohawk Valley and Central New York.

New York state has invested USD30 million to develop a 50-mile flight traffic management corridor between Syracuse and Griffiss International to advance the burgeoning UAS industry in Central New York as part of the CNY Rising Initiative. Within the 50-mile corridor, strategic investments have accelerated industry growth by supporting and testing the many emerging uses of UAS in key industries, including environmental conservation, utility and infrastructure inspection, package and medical delivery, and public safety.

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