Drone research group names Stewart as CEO

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A former leader of a drone research division of General Electric is taking over as the chief executive officer of the organization that runs the unmanned aircraft research center at Rome’s county-owned Griffiss International Airport.

Ken Stewart, most recently CEO of AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation, was named president and chief executive officer of NUAIR, Northeast UAS Airspace integration Research. NUAIR is an organizational partner of Syracuse-based CenterState CEO and manages the test site for Oneida County which owns the facility. It is one of just seven test sites in the country so designated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The research is focused on commercializing unmanned aircraft by integrating them into the national airspace system, including demonstrating and proving equipment and systems for drones’ control, identification, tracking and safety, a well as applications in conservation, utility and infrastructure inspection, package delivery and public safety.

Tony Basile, NUAIR’s chief operating officer, had been the interim CEO while a search was conducted, and remains in his post.

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