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Drone industry soars to new heights in Central New York By Mary Beth Roach Ken Stewart The unmanned aircraft industry in the region is primed for a big boost. Ken Stewart steps in as the new president and chief executive officer of NUAIR, and he’s setting his sights on a greater commercialization of New York’s 50-mile unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management corridor between Syracuse and Rome’s Griffiss International Airport. It is expected to generate significant economic growth in the region. With its offices in Syracuse, NUAIR is responsible for managing the New York UAS test site, one of seven Federal Aviation Administration-designated UAS sites in the United States. It maintains radar and technologies within the corridor, trains companies on how to scale up the use of drones and helps navigate these partners through the permitting and waiver processes with the FAA. The technology and surveillance systems within the corridor provide companies with a safe environment to both test and deploy their commercial UAS operations in real, active airspace. More than 3,300 UAS flights have been conducted within the corridor since 2015 as NUAIR continued to advance and build the needed infrastructure throughout the entire 50 miles. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo