Ohio has a rich history of aviation spanning back to the Wright Brothers. Today, Ohio remains a national leader in innovative flight research through the aggressive promotion and utilization of unmanned aircraft to improve business operations and quality of life.
The Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center (Ohio UAS Center) serves as the state's one-stop shop for unmanned aircraft and advanced aviation technologies. The Ohio UAS Center operates as part of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio initiative. Formed in 2013, the Ohio UAS Center manages and performs all unmanned aircraft operations for the Department of Transportation. In addition to ODOT operations, the UAS Center serves as a shared resource to local and state agencies for flight operations and UAS program development. Outside of flight operations and other services, the Center manages innovative initiatives and research projects focusing on enabling the lower altitude airspace and the integration of unmanned and autonomous aircraft technologies into the National Airspace System.
As an operation of the DriveOhio Initiative, ODOT recognized that unmanned aircraft systems and autonomous/connected vehicles are parallel technologies. Both of these technologies are advancing rapidly and disrupting their respective industries by developing remote and automated operation for transportation applications. By having these teams working collaboratively under one umbrella on both air vehicle and ground vehicle advancements, Ohio is able to leverage the resources from both sectors to make smarter decisions and avoid duplicative efforts. To learn more about DriveOhio and Ohio's smart mobility initiatives, visit the DriveOhio website.
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“Ohio remains a leader in the UAS community from its investment in advanced aviation technologies, integration within state operations, and involvement in state and federal policy through various committees."