North Dakota’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test range may have been first to receive an FAA certificate of authorization (COA), but the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) this week laid claim to the first test-site mission.
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The FAA announced today that the University of Alaska’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test site is the second of six to become operational. It has granted the University of Alaska Fairbanks a certificate of waiver or authorization (COA) authorizing flights by an Aeryon Scout small UAS for animal surveys at its Pan-Pacific UAS test range in Fairbanks. The COA is effective for two years, and the team began wildlife flight operations today.
A Hageland Aviation Cessna 208B Grand Caravan crashed in the Three Steps Mountain region near Bethel, Alaska, on April 8. Both people aboard the training flight were killed in the accident and the fire that followed. The flight departed Bethel at 3:42 p.m. local time. The last recorded data hit on the airplane via Flightradar24 at 4:02 p.m. showed it level at 3,700 feet and 160 knots. Weather in the local Bethel area was reported as clear skies, 10 miles visibility and light wind from the north.
Construcciones Aeronauticas SA (CASA) C-212-CC, Kotzebue, Alaska, Feb. 14, 2009– The Arctic Transportation Services cargo aircraft crashed half a mile from Kotzebue Airport and was substantially damaged. The ATP-rated pilot and copilot were not injured.
The NTSB has completed a majority of the on-site investigation into the August 16 fatal crash of a de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver floatplane in Ketchikan, Alaska. The airplane, N345KA, hit terrain during climb from Traitor’s Cove during a Part 135 air-tour flight to Ketchikan, killing five of the nine people on board. Most of the airplane–including the cockpit–was destroyed on impact.