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Aviation Center

  • The Aviation Center, Korea's first facility dedicated to aviation, was built on reclaimed land in Goheung-gun, Jeollanam-do.

    It features a helicopter main rotor and tail rotor whirl tower, landing system drop test equipment, a tethering chain (to test safety straps), test bed aircraft (2-passenger manned aircraft), small and medium-sized hangars, and a runway on which to carry out ground and flight testing of various piloted and unmanned aircraft.

    The Aviation Center is used by some 10,000 people from 14 agencies and commercial enterprises annually, 85% or more of whose activities were dedicated to flight testing. In addition, it holds the national college student rocket contest, can satellite contest and human powered aircraft contest. The center is used by organizations other than KARI for flight testing about 80% of the time. As of 2015, the center is being used to conduct performance testing of communication equipment, ADS-B, IMU, etc. developed by commercial enterprises using its test bed aircraft.

    In 2015, the center was designated as a UAV utilization demonstration complex by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to test UAV applications. The center plans to construct a new runway with a length of 1200m and a width of 45m in order to enable instrumentation flight, build a navigation safety equipment/facility and develop navigation safety and flight testing technologies as part of the National Comprehensive Flight Performance Test Center' project sponsored by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Energy. It also plans to procure 1,690,000m2 of nearby land on which it will establish the National Comprehensive Flight Performance Test Center as a national-level flight testing and research facility for the research and development of aircraft in Korea.

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