A Business Cluster Providing Robotics and Unmanned Systems (UxS) Solutions
Unparalleled Development of Robotic Systems Within Nevada
PACI operates a UTM service area consisting of almost 1200 square miles of Class G within the Eldorado and Piute Valleys.
PACI has a long-term lease and FCC license for radio service in the Upper 700 MHz band at 757-758 MHz and 787-788 MHz. The areas of coverage include counties in Nevada (Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral, Nye), counties in Arizona (Mohave, La Paz, Yuma), and counties in Utah (Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Piute, Washington).
PACI conducts UAS operations in a thirty-five-mile corridor through the Eldorado Valley and connects the Boulder City Drone Zone, Eldorado Droneport and the Searchlight Airport. This dedicated proving ground and skyway is a one-of-a-kind facility with layers of Operating Approvals from the FAA. In addition to multiple Part 107 waivers, the skyway supports night flying, cruise altitudes up to 2000’ AGL and extended visual line of sight (EVLOS) operations in concert with a number of FAA-Designated UAS Test Sites.
In the Piute Valley to the south of Searchlight, we offer flight operations under our approved Certificate of Authorization for extended visual line of sight (EVLOS), night and extended altitude (up to 1200’ above ground level), as well as under Part 107 Waivers and Authorizations for BVLOS and night flights in national Class G.
Our UAS Test Range participates in AirMap’s Digital Notice and Awareness System™ (D-NAS) program to receive digital notice of unmanned aircraft operations in proximity to facility. This allows us to replicate Low-Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) for cooperative operations within our Range.
PACI has worked since 2012 with the City of Boulder City, home to the Eldorado Droneport- the world’s first public airport dedicated to UAS. Our pilot project focus has been integrating commercial and recreational UAS flights within the City’s limits, creating revenue while protecting public safety and privacy from the misuse of drones.
PACI has a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). Utilization of this CRADA allows PACI and the NNSS to collaborate on projects involving the development, operations, and integration of virtual hardware and software technology with unmanned aerial and ground systems. The 2017 focus is on advancing the processes and procedures, techniques, and infrastructure for near and far-reaching technologies. This includes counter measures involving UAS, Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM), and Command and Control (C2) of Robotics.
PACI was designated by the Board of County Commissioners for inclusion into the Firefly Program; a partnership of Clark County Fire Department (CCFD) and local universities. PACI worked with CCFD to obtain three operating approvals from the FAA, making CCFD the first fire department in Nevada to obtain national authorization for UAS operations under a Public Safety Blanket COA and night operations under Part 107. The third, Nevada-specific approval was awarded in November 2016.
PACI was a corporate partner with the UNLV DARPA Robotics Challenge Team led by Dr. Paul Oh. PACI roboticists provided the Metal Rebel™ team with test and evaluation management, and human factors performance modelling. During the June 2015 Finals in Pomona, California, our team placed 8th of 24; immediately succeeding Massachusetts Institute of Technology (6th) and Carnegie Mellon University (7th).
PACI provided UNLV with support of NAVAIR contracts at the New Mexico State University Flight Test Center involving R&D, mission planning, range coordination, and flight testing service- culminating in the maiden flight of the Vanilla Aircraft VA-001 UAS in February 2015.