FAA Designated Test Site

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently named the State of Nevada as one of six Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) Designated Test Sites. With that designation, the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), identified Reno-Stead Airport as one of the testing ranges available in the state of Nevada for UAS testing.

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) or drones, have been mainly used by the military, but governments, businesses, farmers and others are making plans to join the market. Many universities, including the University of Nevada, Reno, are starting or expanding drone programs.

Watch the video below for more information about testing in northern Nevada. 


For information on UAS testing at the Reno-Stead Airport please contact:

Mike Scott
Reno-Stead Airport
(775) 328-6573

For information on available facilities for lease or development please contact:

Tina Iftiger
VP of Airport Economic Development
Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority
(775) 328-6417

If you are planning a meeting or demonstration at the Reno-Stead Airport and need information on service providers (such as caterers, security, photography and more), visit the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s Resource Guide.