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The County of Ventura Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site Application Southern California Unmanned Systems Alliance SC-USA Presented to ACA September 2013. Why California?. California meets all FAA requirements for:

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The County of Ventura

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Test Site Application

Southern California Unmanned Systems Alliance


Presented to ACA

September 2013


Why California?

California meets all FAA requirements for:

High – Low, Fast – Slow, Mountainous, Maritime, Varied Temperatures.

Ability to avoid over flight of populated areas, national parkland, tribal land, etc.

Access to test ranges already conducting UAS operations of all types, sizes, scopes.

Amazing Aerospace heritage including UAS companies in our region like AeroVironment, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, General Atomics to name a few.


Why Ventura County?

Population of 832,000, County workforce 8,000+

Budget of $1.8 Billion

Good credit rating with ability to issue bonds

Home to Navy Base Ventura County

NAWC-WD Sea Test Range

UAS Manufacturers

And it is a beautiful place to be!!


The SC-USA Team is made up of government, academia, and industry


County of Ventura

City of Simi Valley

Castle Airport, County of Merced

Monterey Peninsula Airport District

Mojave Air and Space Port

Fox Field, Los Angeles County

Santa Maria Airport District

Lompoc Airport, City of Lompoc

Redding Municipal Airport, City of Redding

Truckee Tahoe Airport

Southern California Logistics Airport Authority, Victorville

Shafter Minter Airport District

Los Angeles World Airports


The SC-USA Team is made up of

government, academia, and industry


CSU Channel Islands

California Lutheran University

UC Santa Barbara

UC Merced

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Ventura Campus

Industry Associations

California Airports Council (CAC)

Associations of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Channel Islands Chapter

Ventura County Economic Development Association


The SC-USA Team is made up of

government, academia, and industry

Industry Partners

AirCover Solutions


Lockheed Martin Skunkworks

Whittinghill Aerospace

VT Group

Alpha Products

State and Federal Cooperative Agreements

Jet Propulsion Laboratories

Department of the Navy (test ranges) through a CSA

California National Guard

California Department of Forestry and Fire


UAS Commercial / Non-Military Uses

Search and Rescue

Fire Fighting – information management

Precision Agriculture

Power Line Monitoring

Weather Monitoring

Disaster Relief

Oil and Gas exploration

Goods movement

Only limited by imagination...


SC-USA Joint Advisory Commission

  • FAA
  • NASA
  • Federal Agencies
  • Military/TDT&E/Safety SME
  • UAS Industry
  • Economic Development Agencies
  • Academia
  • Investment/Insurance Industry 

Ventura County Board of Supervisors

SC-USA TEST SITE Organization

TestSite Applicant Entry

R&D Objectives & Projects Entry

SC-USA Test Site Joint Powers Authority

Independent Safety Review Board


- Chairman

- Members with Engineering Disciplines (e.g., structures, airframes, propulsion, guidance, controls, vertical, fixed wing, electronic, etc.)

R&D Board


- Team Members (Federal, State, Academia, Industry)

SC-USA Test Site Director

Assistant Director

Executive Assistant

Test Site Support Division (Cont.)

- Facilities, Assets, Management

- Supply, Logistics, Legal, Governance

- Legislative Affairs

- Regulatory Compliance

- Contracts

- Budget,& Fiscal Accounting

- Benefits

- Liability & Insurance

  • Test Site Support Division
  • UAS Public Communications
  • UAS Public Policies & Legislation
  • UAS Environmental Assessment
  • - Business Development & Economic Impact Studies

Test Site Operations Division

- Test Management

- Safety (SRMS, Flt Readiness Review, Site Safety)

- Operations (SOP, Range Readiness, Scheduling, Asset Management, Services Assignment)

- Flight Planning (Air Traffic Service Provider Coordination and Communication)

- UAS Data Collection and Reporting


Why is this Important??


AUVSI Study shows that commercial UAS could create over 100,000 jobs and $80 Billion in Economic Impact nationally

California is largest breadwinner with 17,000 jobs in and $2 Billion in positive economic impact annually over the next 10 years.

California, particularly Southern California, is home to many of the World leaders in Aerospace and UAS technology innovation.

The SC-USA Test Site Economic Benefit could provide more than 2,500 jobs and over $375 Million in positive economic impact over a 5 year period.


Privacy Statement

The SC-USA respects the privacy concerns being voiced by the public and will comply with all existing laws and regulations regarding privacy.

Emphasis in a policy will be placed on data collection, storage, use, and distribution.

The SC-USA is engaged in the conversation regarding the privacy issue and the FAA has been tasked to require a privacy policy associated with the six test sites. The SC-USA Privacy Policy will incorporate industry best practices in conjunction with the FAA and other government agencies.


Support for our efforts....

Congresswoman Julia Brownley – Champion in Congress

Congressman Buck McKeon – Chair of the HASC

Congressional Representatives of Team Members

State Senatorsand State Assembly Members

Assembly Joint Resolution 6 signed by Governor Brown 8-16-13

Entire CSU system

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA)

California Airports Council (CAC)

Ventura County Board of Supervisors

All of our Team Members

Cities of Camarillo, Port Hueneme, Oxnard, Simi Valley

Local and other Aerospace Businesses


Recent Updates

  • 25 proposals from 24 states were submitted.
  • RUMOR 1 - Selection of one by end of the year
  • RUMOR 2 – Six to be announced in October
  • North Dakota, Ohio, and others establishing test sites ahead of process.
  • Two small UAS given Restricted Category Certification to operate in the Arctic
  • Possible Small UAS rulemaking before end of year

What’s Next??

  • Continue to tweak business plan
  • Continue to build support and foster relationships.
  • Prepare for FAA site visits.
  • Hope the FAA does in fact announce this year.
  • Hope it’s us!!


Todd McNamee, AAE