DOT UAS Initiatives Announced

On January 14, 2019, U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced proposed new rules and a pilot project to allow unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or more commonly called drones, to fly overnight and over people without waivers under certain conditions and to further integrate drones safely into the national airspace system.

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management System Pilot Project (UPP) supposed to run till September 2019, is intended to develop and demonstrate a traffic management system to safely integrate drone flights within the nation’s airspace system. Also, the pilot project will create a shared information network and gather data that can be used for future rulemakings.

Existing Part 107.31 Waiver Areas (purple) and BVLOS COA (green)

PACI is uniquely qualified as a partner with the State of Nevada, with existing BVLOS approvals, an active airport that welcomes UAS, protected spectrum for command and control, and 24/7 UTM coverage. Our operational systems support flight planning, communications, aircraft separation and weather services for UTM drones, which will operate under 400 feet.

Searchlight Airpark (1L3) is the epicenter of the world’s largest privately-operated commercial test range.

Read the FAA’s official press release here. Additional news articles from sUASnews can be found on here, the Washington Post article, and the Las Vegas Review Journal’s article is here.

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