In Alaska, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are increasingly in use to support science, research, and more recently emergency response events. The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) operates one of the longest running and most active UAS programs in North America, with 2015 being its 14th year of operation, and flying UAS missions approximately 150 days per year. UAF was recently designated as a UAS Test and Evaluation range complex by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, with the goal of supporting the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace.1  UAF's experiences in the use of UAS for high-latitude science and research, emergency response, and in support of commercial applications will be discussed.

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