Verizon’s Skyward abandons drone testing plans in North Portland

Verizon's subsidiary, Skyward canceled plans to develop a drone test facility on riverfront industrial land in North Portland after neighbors, environmental and privacy advocates raised alarm.

Verizon's Skyward abandons drone testing plans in North Portland

The lease negotiations with the Port of Portland on a Terminal 4 industrial land plot has been terminated, according to Skyward. The company is now looking at other unspecified locations instead.

“ Pursuing those will enable us to more quickly advance commercial drone operations for our customers, innovate, and bring high-quality tech jobs to the Portland area , ” , Verizon's Portland-based aerial drone subsidiary, wrote on its website Wednesday.

The decision was hailed by the project opponents, reports The Bulletin.

“This is great news for the community and for that use this stretch of the Willamette,” Portland Audubon wrote on its Facebook page.

“We applaud the Port's decision to abandon this proposal and look forward to talking further with the Port about how this riverside parcel can be put to the highest and best use,” the organization said.

Skyward Portland Oregon

Verizon'S Skyward Abandons Drone Testing Plans In North Portland 1

In 2017 Verizon bought the Portland-based start-up Skyward and it has continued to develop software to plan drone flights and to communicate with unmanned aircraft.

Skyward is a software company that provides solutions for drones to comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and to perform specific tasks for commercial drone clients in the construction, energy, and mining industries.

Some residents of North Portland, which is a more diverse and less affluent part of the city, view the planned commercial drone activities as yet one more intrusion in a neighborhood that borders industrial sites, commercial freight, and the Portland Harbor Superfund Site.

Last week during a community ‘listening session', the residents complained that skyward, the city, and the port of Portland at poorly communicated their plans.

 

Droneu Marketing Banner Ad 1

Stay in touch!

If you'd like to stay up to date with all the latest drone news, scoops, rumors, and reviews, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, or…

Subscribe to our Daily Drone News email.*


 

Submit tips If you have information or tips that you would like to share with us, feel free to submit them hereSupport DroneXL.co: You can support DroneXL.co by using these links when you make your next drone purchase: Adorama, Amazon, B&H, BestBuy, eBay, DJI, Parrot, and Yuneec. We make a small commission when you do so at no additional expense to you. Thank you for helping DroneXL grow! FTC: DroneXL.co uses affiliate links that generate income.


* We do not sell, share, rent out or spam your email, ever. Our email goes out on weekdays around 5:30 p.m.


Discover more from DroneXL

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Proposed legislation threatens your ability to use drones for fun, work, and safety. The Drone Advocacy Alliance is fighting to ensure your voice is heard in these critical policy discussions.Join us and tell your elected officials to protect your right to fly.

Drone Advocacy Alliance
TAKE ACTION NOW
Follow us on Google News!

Get your Part 107 Certificate

Pass the test and take to the skies with the Pilot Institute. We have helped thousands of people become airplane and commercial drone pilots. Our courses are designed by industry experts to help you pass FAA tests and achieve your dreams.

pilot institute dronexl

Copyright © DroneXL.co 2024. All rights reserved. The content, images, and intellectual property on this website are protected by copyright law. Reproduction or distribution of any material without prior written permission from DroneXL.co is strictly prohibited. For permissions and inquiries, please contact us first.

FTC: DroneXL.co is an Amazon Associate and uses affiliate links that can generate income from qualifying purchases. We do not sell, share, rent out, or spam your email.

Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

Articles: 3635

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

en_USEnglish