Bay Area Test Site (BATS)

"Drone Town USA"

Buchanan Field Map with arrows
Byron Map with arrows

The Contra Costa County Airports Division (CCAD) is proactively promoting our airports (Buchanan Field and Byron) and services to attract aviation emerging innovation and technology businesses at BATS. Buchanan Field is in a dense suburban environment and Byron Airport is in a rural environment.  Together these airfields offer businesses a unique opportunity to design, develop, and test in both environments in the heart of the Bay Area.

In partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Pan-Pacific Unmanned Aerial System Test Range Complex (PPUTRC), Contra Costa County Airports are official Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) unmanned aerial system (UAS) test sites in the United States. 

To test at Buchanan Field and Byron Airport, you must be a tenant. Please email the UAS Test Information Form to [email protected] to ensure your testing operation is compliant with BATS.   Upon verification, testers may coordinate with the University to secure all necessary FAA airspace and flight operation authorizations. To complete the process, each tester will need to execute a Temporary Use Permit with Contra Costa County and, if needed, a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of Alaska. If you have any questions please contact Airport Staff at 925-681-4200. 

  1. Bay Area Test Site (UAS)
  2. Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex
  3. Test Site Documents
  4. BATS TeSTING Operations

Bay Area Test Site (BATS)

Many companies operating in the Bay Area are developing UAS technologies and products that need aviation testing and development environments.  These companies have been traveling to remote locations or out of state to perform testing because of the restricted and crowded nature of the Bay Area airspace and neighborhoods.  BATS solves this acute problem by providing two welcoming aviation-testing sites in close proximity to San Francisco and Silicon Valley.


  • Location, Location, Location: Buchanan Field and Byron Airports are located just 30 miles from downtown San Francisco and 50 miles from Silicon Valley, providing businesses with close-to-home locations for their employees.  Easy access is available via BART and freeways.
  • Airspace:  Two different aviation testing environments allow businesses to grow in place: Buchanan Field is an FAA controlled airfield in Class D Airspace and Byron Airport is an uncontrolled airfield in Class G Airspace, going up to 700 feet.  
  • Facilities:  Both airports have a selection of offices, workshops and hangars available for short-term and long-term lease. 
  • Services: There are full-service aviation providers at the two facilities that include pilot training, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, avionics, fabrication, aircraft storage, fuel, and other specialty aviation services.
  • Positive FAA Relationships:  We have strong relationships and a proven track record with the Federal Aviation Administration and will eagerly assist companies to acquire the required operational and/or airspace permits/waivers.
  • Business Forward: Support at the County’s highest political level, staff concierge service, numerous support service options readily available, short and long term leases, and flexibility to grow and move between facilities.