Nov 1, 2012 at 6:49 am
The Grand Forks Base Realignment Impact Committee is hoping to hear in the next few weeks whether it is able to lease upwards of 200 acres of land from the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The parcel would be used to develop a UAS tech park or campus. Phase one would target maintenance and pilot training – including access to the GFAFB runway. Supporters say the project has the potential to create up to 700 jobs. U-S Senator John Hoeven says a critical piece of the puzzle is to make sure the FAA designates Grand Forks as one of six pilot test sites in the nation for integrating unmanned flights into the national airspace. The second phase of the project includes developing the leased properties on the west side of the base for a mixture of aviation uses that could support as many as two-thousand jobs.