Aeronautics & Technology
Research & Development
The Flying M Ranch has a long and decorated history in the world of aeronautical research and development.
FMR’s founder, John Wescott Myers Sr. was a renowned World War II test pilot. As chief engineering test pilot at Northrop, he test flew hundreds of planes, from the P-61 “Black Widow” to the flying wing prototypes. Today, FMR provides land use arrangements to companies in aeronautics and technology. FMR offers the vast area and privacy required to safely and securely engage in aeronautics research and development. Please contact us to discuss land use arrangements and fees.
The Tech’s Playground
FMR’s land use arrangement enable tech companies to conduct research and development in a private and secure location.
Cleared for Takeoff
The Flying M Ranch offers a 3,000 foot airstrip, monitored by a motion sensor camera, with live updates to ranch management.
With vast areas of privately-owned grasslands, UAS operators are assured visual line-of-sight and minimal air traffic.
With extensive areas of both grasslands and crops, and unique topographical features, FMR provides an ideal testing ground for geospatial technologies.
Land cover across FMR includes the vernal-pool grasslands of the nature preserve, row crops, perennial orchard crops, vegetated riparian zones, and small water bodies. These land cover types provide varying conditions for testing data acquisition and processing technologies.
FMR supports companies developing sensors for geospatial applications, and can arrange access to various areas of the ranch depending on your needs.
Remote Sensing & GIS
FMR’s varied land cover types enable remote sensing and GIS software developers to rigorously test products in differing conditions and environments.
Proof of Concept
The FMR landscape offers scenes of exceptional beauty, providing for data and aerial images perfectly suited for promoting products and services.
To learn more, contact us today!
FMR Testing Grounds
Privacy and seclusion, just two hours from San Francisco, and four and half hours from Los Angeles.
The Flying M Ranch encompasses approximately 24 square miles (~15,500 acres) of undeveloped and private land. To the west, farmlands create an additional buffer between the ranch and the City of Merced. To the east, FMR extends into the undeveloped foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. To the north and south, grasslands extend as far as the eye can see. This extraordinary property creates unrivaled opportunities for aeronautical research and development.