Pendleton UAS manager appointed to national group

By on Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

PENDLETON – Pendleton UAS Range Manager Darryl Abling has been named to Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s ARM UAS Advisory Group.  ARM (Atmospheric Radiation Measurement) is a division of the Department of Energy, and the advisory group is made up of accomplished subject matter experts from respected research institutions all over the United States.

PNNL has been testing an atmospheric research vehicle, ArcticShark, at the Pendleton UAS range for more than seven years, and Abling has worked closely with the company from the very beginning.

“The fact that PNNL reached out to Darryl to serve on this advisory committee just shows what high regard they hold him in,” Airport and Economic Development Director Steve Chrisman said. “It’s pretty awesome to see Darryl and the Pendleton UAS Range listed amongst some of the most learned UAS researchers in the country.”

The Pendleton UAS Range is the Pacific Northwest’s premier UAS test range. Operating out of the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport and run by the city of Pendleton, UAS operations at the Pendleton UAS Range can fly concurrently with aircraft and within the entire range. When testing in Pendleton, UAS programs have access to class Delta, Echo, and Golf airspaces, a UAS air traffic control tower, and an experienced range management team committed to proving program success. Learn more about what is happening at the Pendleton UAS Range at

Information and photo from the city of Pendleton