UAS Center at SBD Expands Test Site Footprint to Meet Growing Demand

San Bernardino, California, August 8, 2023 – The UAS Center at SBD, a leading provider of uncrewed aircraft systems training, policy and sites for testing, research and development and demonstration, is pleased to announce the expansion of its test site network to accommodate the increasing demand for UAS testing.

Through a unique partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), the UAS Center at SBD plans to administer other sites for testing, training and demonstrations in California, in addition to their Flight Operations site at San Bernardino International Airport (SBD).  In February 2023, the Federal Aviation Administration granted a regulatory waiver to UAF’s test site, affording drone manufacturers and operators expanded opportunity to demonstrate the safety of their drones for subsequent certification.

“Test sites for uncrewed aircraft systems must continue to evolve at the pace of innovation. The additional test sites will enhance our ability to serve our customers and provide them with convenient access to cutting-edge testing facilities,” states Kimberly Benson, Administrator, UAS Center at SBD.  “As a trusted name in the industry, the UAS Center at SBD is committed to delivering high-quality solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers. By cooperating with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, we aim to further strengthen our position as a reliable partner for both private and public sector entities.”

The new test sites will be strategically located to ensure widespread coverage and accessibility. This expansion will enable the UAS Center at SBD to effectively serve a larger customer base. By offering additional test sites, the Center aims to enhance the overall experience of their customers and to streamline their testing processes. Supported by the UAS Center at SBD’s full suite of services, clients can concentrate on their research and development, make informed decisions and drive their businesses forward.


About the UAS Center at SBD:

Established as an enterprise fund under the Inland Valley Development Agency in San Bernardino, California, the UAS Center at SBD ( serves as a test and demonstration site for drone technology companies as well as government and academic research institutions.  The Center provides drone pilot training for public and private sector entities as well as consulting on standardization and integration of drone technology into their operations.  The Center also cooperates with public and private sector entities on workforce development.


For media inquiries please contact:

Amber Casarez
Marketing Manager
San Bernardino International Airport
(909) 382-4100, ext. 132

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