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Monday, December 29, 2014

Sensurion Magpie UAS Awarded Special Airworthiness Certificate Under New FAA Rules

Juliet Van Wagenen

Pictured in the photo from left to right: Steve Hill, Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Representative Joe Heck , Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, Sensurion Aerospace CEO, Captain Joe Burns, Senator Dean Heller hold Magpie MP-1 UAS
Pictured in the photo from left to right: Steve Hill, Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Representative Joe Heck , Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, Sensurion Aerospace CEO, Captain Joe Burns, Senator Dean Heller hold Magpie MP-1 UAS. Photo: Sensurion Aerospace

[Avionics Today 12-29-2014] Sensurion Aerospace became the first manufacturer to receive a Special Airworthiness Certificate (SAC) from the FAA under its new procedures, which designate authority to the test range for SAC review and guidance. With the issuance of this FAA certification, Sensurion's Magpie MP-1 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) is now authorized to fly in the Nevada UAS Test Range, which is part of the United States National Airspace System (NAS). In addition, the FAA issued Certificates of Authorization (COA) for Magpie MP‐1 to operate in Nevada UAS test range airspace.

The Minnesota‐headquartered company completed a successful test flight of the newly-certified MAGPIE in Boulder City earlier this month and is proceeding with critical 333 exemptions to authorize civil use of the Magpie in oil and gas exploration missions, critical infrastructure monitoring, atmospherics and gas sensing and flight training.

"This is an important step forward for the unmanned aircraft industry, and for aviation innovation in Nevada. Sensurion Aerospace is proud to have our Magpie MP-1 initiate operations here in the Nevada UAS Test Range, and to be among the first to carry an FAA 'N number' registration. We look forward to using the Nevada test range extensively in our development of the Magpie and other unmanned aircraft," said Sensurion CEO Joe Burns.

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