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Hyde County Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Project

Background Information

UAV on Hyde County Airport Tarmac

The Hyde County Office of Planning & Economic Development  has been working with the NC DOT Division of Aviation, the NextGen Air Transportation (NGAT) Center at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the NC’s Northeast Commission on the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) project at the Hyde County Airport in Engelhard since April 2012. Much work has been done and many great accomplishments made including the approval by the FAA of an Agricultural Certificate of Authorization to fly UAVs for agricultural purposes in the general vicinity of the Hyde County Airport.

March 21, 2013 marked the first flight of a UAV under the agricultural COA at the airport by a team from NCSU and Bosh. The two groups partnered to make the first flight possible with support of Hyde County, NC DOT – Aviation and the Northeast Commission. Flights are scheduled in May and throughout the summer. No flights will be made during waterfowl season.

As flights take place under the agricultural COA, the team is still working towards designation as one of the six test sites designated by the FAA across the nation. The Hyde County Office of Planning and Economic Development continues to work with project partners to achieve maximum direct and indirect economic impact including but not limited to job creation, educational outreach and infrastructure improvements.

Bosh UAV above Hyde Co. Airport

General Aviation Traffic

Hyde County Airport is publicly owned by Hyde County and is located approximately seven miles north of Engelhard, NC.  Improved amenities have been added to the Hyde County Airport, including a newly renovated terminal, resurfaced runway, improved tarmac and lights.  Aviation gasoline is available to airport users, with Master Card and Visa cards accepted for payment at the pump.  Also, an Aviation Weather Observing System will be installed.  More tie-downs will be added as well.

Hyde County Airport webpage

Hyde County Airport information on AirNav


Unmanned Aircraft System Activities

Hyde County NGAT Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Test Site Overview

Video - NCSU launches UAV at Hyde County Airport

Article - "First in the Future of Flight"

NGAT webpage


Current Gull Rock Test Site COAPlanned Gull Rock Test Site COA

Contact Information

Jane Hodges, Hyde County Airport Manager - (252) 926-4349 or (252) 943-4113, email [email protected]

Kris Noble, UAV Project Manager - (252) 926-4180, email [email protected]

Kyle Snyder, NGAT Center Director & COA Contact - (919) 515-8623, email [email protected]u