PENDLETON, Oregon – Pendleton’s Unmanned Aircraft System Test Range has inked the contract that will bring a unique drone to the range for testing. In an interview with KUMA News last week, Manager Darryl Abling reported that talks were progressing to bring the Flyox from Spain to be tested in Pendleton by a company headquartered in Canada.
“The company that is going to be doing the U.S. flight testing is Unmanned Aircraft International, based in Canada,” he said. “We signed a contract with them to bring the Flyox from Barcelona, Spain over here to Pendleton.”
The Flyox is produced by Singular Aircraft in Spain. It is currently operating in Europe. The Canadian company will work on getting it certified for operations in the United States. The 8,000-pound drone should arrive in 40-foot containers around the end of September.
“It takes a couple of hours to actually take it apart and get it fully in the container and prepped, and then a couple of hours where it’s going to be reassembled and ready for ground testing here,” Abling said.
He said the staff from UAI will work from the new command center being put together at the corner of A Avenue and Northwest 56th Drive. The range manager says hangar space for the Flyox will be made available at the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport.