Defense

November 9, 2015
 

GA-ASI breaks ground on RPA training academy

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. announced Nov. 9 that construction has commenced on its new, five-and-a-half acre RPA training facility at Grand Sky Unmanned Aircraft Systems business and aviation park in Grand Forks, N.D.
GAASI is a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions.
Today’s groundbreaking of our new state-of-the-art training facility continues to elevate GA-ASI’s partnership with North Dakota,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “We look forward to the completion of this construction project which will allow us to meet growing worldwide demand for RPA training and conduct airspace integration testing.”
During the ceremony, Governor Jack Dalrymple, Senator John Hoeven, R-N.D., Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Congressman Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., joined U.S. Air Force leadership and GA-ASI executives to break ground on the site.
The mission of GA-ASI’s Training Academy is to provide safe, effective, and cutting- edge flight training for aircrew operating the company’s aircraft. As an additional benefit, the Training Academy will potentially serve to augment USAF Training Programs as well. Training for GA-ASI aircrew begins early next year, followed by international customer training shortly thereafter. The company signed a 10-year lease for the facility.
Operating year-round and generating new jobs in North Dakota, the Academy will offer multiple courses and provide training for dozens of students at a time. GA-ASI plans to leverage U.S. Government-approved syllabi, partner with a local university, and draw on the expertise of leaders in the training and simulation industry to facilitate the academic and ground-based training programs. Concurrently, flight operations at the Academy will support flight training, research and development, and commercial applications.
Since the early 1990s, GA-ASI has used its Gray Butte and El Mirage Flight Operations Facilities in Palmdale and Adelanto, California to train hundreds of company and customer aircrew. The North Dakota site provides an additional training resource for both GA-ASI aircrews and international customers who are seeking to grow their aircrew capacity beyond what current training programs can provide.
GA-ASI’s Grand Sky facility is co-located with the Grand Forks Air Force Base, which also serves as the base of operations for U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection Predator® B aircraft and North Dakota Air National Guard MQ-1 Predator A aircraft.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines – April 22, 2019

News Prosecutors celebrate victory after ruling in Gallagher war crimes case – The military judge overseeing the court-martial proceedings for accused SEAL war criminal Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward “Eddie” Gallagher has ruled that information gleaned from his seized cell phones can be used as evidence by the prosecution.   Russia would be Turkey’s ‘first...
 
 

News Briefs – April 22, 2019

U.S. gives 3 Black Hawk helicopters to Albania military Albania’s Defense Ministry says the United States has provided three Black Hawk helicopters to bolster its military capacities. A statement April 20 said Defense Minister Olta Xhacka, who is visiting the United States, signed the deal at the New Jersey National Guard. Helicopters are part of...
 
 

Things are stacking up for NASA’s Mars 2020 spacecraft

NASA/JPL-Caltech This animated gif shows major components of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission in the High Bay 1 clean room in JPL’s Spacecraft Assembly Facility. For the past few months, the clean room floor in High Bay 1 a...