The Pendleton UAS Test Range is leading the way to a new era of integrated airspace.  UAS flights at the airport and outer range are treated like any other aircraft and have equal status. Test programs are facilitated by a progressive yet safe ATC and Range management team who are committed to the success of your development program.

integrated airspace

“We’re grateful to the staff at Pendleton for their all-encompassing support. From the technical side to exceptional personal assistance, they’ve excelled at providing a high-quality turn-key testing environment, setting our whole team up for success.”

-Zach Lovering, VP Urban Air Mobility Systems - AIRBUS

Whether your mission is focused on monitoring, transportation, imaging or EMS, cutting edge UAS innovators are choosing Pendleton as the place to succeed.

Featuring a state-of-the-art mission control and innovation center, the Pendleton UAS Test Range is the right choice for program leaders who are thinking about today and tomorrow.

state of the art mission control center + expert staff

dedicated support




14,000 square miles in northeast Oregon.

Our customer amenities are here to allow your team to work quickly and efficiently. The PUR has a dedicated UAS Operations Area with 50’x50’ (or greater) work areas adjacent to a dedicated and paved UAS strip.

These customer work areas are wired for 240v, 50amp, and 120v, 30amp electrical outlets as well a water hookup. We provide secure Dark Fiber Gigabit hardline access with 100mbps standard speed. ​This can be upgraded to full Gigabit speeds that tie into one of the fastest data pipelines in the state of Oregon to allow for real-time cloud-based data uploads and computing.

The Eastern Oregon Regional Airport (KPDT) boasts an impressive over 300 VFR days a year (95%), which makes it an ideal flying location that will minimize your downtime or weather delays.

The available paved surfaces are UAS Strip 16/34: 60’ x 4300’, Runway 7/25 (Main): 150’ x 6,301’ and Runway 11/29: 11’ x 5,581’.

The airport is within Class Delta airspace that is managed by a UAS experienced Control Tower that coordinates closely with both PUR and the established National Guard UAS unit operating the RQ-7 Shadow safely and routinely.

The airfield additionally has a regular Fixed Base Operator (FBO), several FAA certified repair stations and an onsite restaurant.

The experienced team onsite at the PUR is lead by a team of expert industry professionals across manned, unmanned and FAA backgrounds that will ensure your mission is completed in a safe and cost-effective manner.

ideal flying location with over 300 days of vfr

airfield amenities

dedicated and paved uas airstrip

The Pendleton UAS Range covers 14,000 square miles in northeast Oregon. From high desert to 10,000 foot peaks, the underlying land is mostly sparse population with large sections of agriculture and forest. Precision Ag is a growing topic with high value wheat, vineyards, and fruit orchards. The Columbia Basin Ag Research Center (OSU field extension) is located minutes from Pendleton, and has started incorporating UAS in its research. Forest fire fighting in this region is an activity that has just begun utilizing UAS for support. Additionally, there are 1000’s of miles of infrastructure covering:

TRANSPORTATION: Interstates, Highways, Remote Roadways, Rail and Shipping Lanes.

ENERGY: Power transmission systems and Gas/Product Pipelines and Wind Turbine Farms.

WATER MANAGEMENT: Water Supplies, Irrigation Systems, Erosion Control and Dams.

COMMUNICATIONS: Fiber Internet, Telecommunications, Mobile Networks and RTK GPS Coverage (CORS Network Integration).

EARTH MONITORING: On Site National Weather Service Station, Land Conservation and Animal Populations.

With over 300 days of VFR (weather good enough for visual flight), Pendleton UAS Range has a wide range of imagery objectives, great weather for flying, and the growing need for UAS services.

high desert to 10,000 ft mountain peaks

open airspace

Fly to 15,000 msl

Diverse Terrain!

14,000 square miles
in northeast Oregon.

Boutique Air operates a modern fleet of Swiss-made Pilatus PC-12 aircraft flying the 45 minutes between Portland and Pendleton three times per day.

With amenities designed to make the flying experience as comfortable as it gets, the aircraft features reclining leather seats in an executive configuration, power outlets, a pressurized cabin, enclosed lavatory, and a top speed of 300 mph.
Boutique Air is an FAA-certified air carrier providing both air charter and scheduled service. Boutique is also now providing car rental at the airport via

Reservations or charter inquiries can be made online now by visiting or by phone at (855) 268-8478.

The Tri-Cities Airport (PSC) is the largest airport in the Southeastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon region and the fourth largest air carrier airport in the state of Washington with connections to eight major hubs. It serves a vibrant and growing region. In just the past five years, the number of enplanements at the airport has increased by nearly 100,000, which represents both the continued vibrancy of the region and the growing flight service available at the airport.

The airport is served by Delta, Alaska Air/Horizon Air, United and Allegiant with flights to Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Mesa, Arizona.

Visit their website for flight information:
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Getting to Pendleton

From Portland 207 miles
From Boise 226 Miles
From Seattle 281 Miles

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With a rich heritage and community driven spirit, Pendleton is like no other place. Among rolling wheatfields, at the baseline of the Blue Mountains, and alongside the Oregon Trail, lies a western town with over 16,000 kind-hearted, down-to-earth pacific northwesterners. The quaint city covers 10.52 square miles with a historical downtown, farm to table eaterys, and real craft makers. 

Famous for Pendleton Woolen Mills, the Round-up and Happy Canyon, and rooted in agriculture, Pendleton enjoys all four seasons with hot summers and cold winters. Settled near the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation, the beauty of Native American culture is relevant and celebrated by all who have the pleasure of experiencing it. 

Time slows down - in a good way - in such a place. Favorite family memories are often huckleberry picking, morel mushroom hunting, floating the Umatilla River, and hiking, among others. In modern day, one can witness the zest the townspeople have for their home of the Buckaroos, as new businesses are built and more families move to town. And once you visit Pendleton, you'll want to explore communities that surround it like Walla Walla, Joseph and other places that allow breathing a little easier, hidden in our corner of the world. 

There's one thing for sure, the desire to always return will never go away. Pendleton - everybody's hometown. 

about pendleton

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by sally brandsen -

Pendleton House Bed & Breakfast                                                                     
311 N Main St, Pendleton, OR 97801                                                                                     
Phone: 541-276-8581                                                                                                                                                     
Close to Downtown Main Street & Dining
3 premium rooms and 3 standard rooms.

The property is located right in the heart of everything downtown. Rooms are comfortable and uniquely decorated with plush linens. Gourmet breakfast is included each morning with both types of rooms. Food restrictions can be accommodated.

Oxford Suites Pendleton
2400 SW Court Place, Pendleton, Or 97801
Phone: 855-253-2903
Conveniently located near the Pendleton Convention Center, the Pendleton Round-Up Arena and the Pendleton Airport.

On-site Restaurant & Lounge Oxford Bistro 

Red Lion Hotel Pendleton
304 SE Nye Ave, Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: 541-276-6111
We're just minutes from Pendleton Airport, and we even have a complimentary airport shuttle.

On-site Restaurant & Lounge

Travelodge by Wyndham Pendleton OR
411 SW Dorion Ave, Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: 541-215-6927
Eastern Oregon Regional Airport at Pendleton is only two miles away.

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exclusive pricing for pendleton uas test range clients

Our primary mission is to facilitate the best practices of industry and translate those technologies into a future UAS regulator framework. As an FAA designated Test Range within the Alaskan Site we can facilitate the applications for Special Airworthiness Certificates, Experimental. This allows responsible UAS operators to move from a restrictive Certificate of Authorization (COA) environment into civil aircraft operations that allow for Research and Development, Crew Training and Market Surveys.

Through this process you will work with the PUR crew to take full advantage of our Safety Risk Management Systems, Maturity Evaluation and Testing, Documentation Generation and Personnel Certification.

FAA Section 333
The FAA is taking steps under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) to move forward with incremental UAS integration for specific, limited, low-risk civil operations in advance of the small UAS rule. FAA Administrator Michael Huerta has identified this activity as a priority.

UAS that can safely operate in a controlled, low-risk environment may be able to obtain authorization under Section 333. Under the law, FAA will determine if a certification of waiver, certification of authorization, or airworthiness certificate is required to authorize operations. The FAA will be considering operational approvals under Section 333 on a case-by-case basis.
Example Industries that could take advantage of Section 333 of FMRA include:

Precision Agriculture
Surveillance of crops and livestock
Application of fertilizer/pesticides
Powerline Inspections
Oil and Gas Monitoring
Movie Making

Certification Process

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