General Atomics expands North Dakota flight test and training center

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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) is planning to expand its Flight Test and Training Center (FTTC) at the Grand Sky Unmanned Aircraft System Business Park near Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The expansion is a reaction to the increasing demand from US and international customers for flight crew training and sensor system testing. The first change will be a second permanent hangar, which will allow for more office and classroom space.

The company expects to double its number of employees – currently 47 in the Grand Forks area – in the coming years.

“We’re excited to expand our footprint at Grand Sky as part of our FTTC in Grand Forks,” said Linden Blue, CEO, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems. “This growth from 5.5 acres to 20 acres will benefit our customers and strengthen our commitment to the Grand Forks community by building out our test and training capacity.”

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