The FAA is seeking instrument-rated pilot volunteers to test a drone detection and avoidance system under controlled conditions in Oklahoma City. Participants will receive $550 for completing one test session lasting up to six hours, with each participant limited to a single session.
The FAA is also seeking unmanned aircraft operators with more than 100 hours logged flying large drones (more than 55 pounds), systems generally reserved for military and government use because they are larger than Part 107 allows. Instrument-rated pilots with at least 100 hours, including flight experience in actual instrument conditions, are eligible to participate; however, airline pilots and pilots of “high-end corporate aircraft” are excluded.
Pilots interested in participating are advised to email their name and cell phone number to [email protected]. The FAA seeks 16 pilots in total, eight manned and eight unmanned, for this program.