BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Sensurion Aerospace‘s Magpie MP-1 officially opened Nevada’s UAS Test Range on Friday, Dec. 19. The Magpie MP-1 holds a Special Airworthiness Certificate from the FAA and carries U.S. registration N106MP.
“This is a great day for the State of Nevada, the FAA, and Sensurion Aerospace,” said Sensurion CEO Captain Joe Burns. “This is an important step forward for the unmanned aircraft industry, and for aviation innovation in Nevada. Sensurion Aerospace is proud to have our MAGPIE MP-1 initiate operations here in the Nevada UAS Test Range, and to be among the first to carry an FAA ‘N number’ registration.”
The Magpie has a 6-foot wingspan, weighs 5.5 pounds (empty) with a 5-pound payload. Sensurion Aerospace is working within FAA Section 333 exemptions to authorize civilian use of the MAGPIE MP-1 in oil and gas exploration missions, infrastructure monitoring, atmospherics and gas sensing, and flight training.
“A real world mission example for the oil and gas industry would be a flight below 400 feet AGL over thousands of ground-based sensors spread across many square miles,” said Dan Johnson, Sensurion’s Vice President of Business Development. “In reality, it looks very similar to the RC flight profile.”
Magpie MP-1 operators are required to have a commercial pilot certificate and hold a current second class medical.