- As the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, unmanned aircraft – more popularly known as drones – have the potential to be a useful tool to perform important services.
- Specifically, the FAA supports using drones for response efforts to provide public safety and support benefits.
- If you’re thinking about flying your drone to support this effort, you have several options:
- Fly under part 107, with or without a waiver – the most broadly applicable option
- Obtain a Special Government Interest (SGI) approval for operations in controlled airspace or beyond line of site – in immediate emergency circumstances only
- Fly as a public aircraft operation (PAO) – for law enforcement, first responders, or other public safety/government officials
- When considering your options, be sure to remember that:
- Delivering goods by drone is allowed under part 107 (sUAS rule) as long as you maintain visual line-of-sight with the drone and comply with all aspects of the rule
- Never carry hazardous materials unless you’ve received authorization from the FAA
- Drone operators needing to fly in controlled airspace that is not currently included in LAANC, or a disaster temporary flight restriction, must contact the FAA’s System Operations Support Center (SOSC) by emailing 9-ATOR-HQ-SOSC@faa.gov.
- Whatever operational path you take, the FAA strongly recommends you coordinate with local government and/or public health officials, and/or the community you are intending to serve, before flying in support of COVID-19 response efforts. This is a pre-requisite for the FAA to expedite approvals outside of normal processes.
- The FAA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed. The FAA’s UAS Support Center is also available to help if you have questions at 844-FLY-MY-UA or email@example.com.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released today for public review and comment a working draft of the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Version 2.0) being developed by the Institute’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC).
Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, Incorporated (PACI) is pleased to announce our participation in the UASSC, both as a corporation and in concert with our CEO’s work within ASTM.
Read the official press release from ANSI here
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced a statewide closure of all “nonessential” businesses for 30 days amid the coronavirus outbreak. 4/1 Update: Extended to April 30th.
We are very supportive of the Governor’s mandate, and are reducing operations at the Searchlight Airpark to only those deemed essential under the new guidelines.
PACI business will continue using telecommuted resources to the full extent possible while we evaluate the full extent of the impact of this pandemic on our business model and pipeline.
We will provide updates here as this situation develops.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the proposed rule for remote identification of drones. The proposed Remote I.D. rule would apply to all drones that are required to register with the FAA (recreational drones weighing under 0.55 pounds are not required to register), as well as to people who operate foreign civil drone in the United States.
Jonathan Daniels, PACI’s CEO, represented ASTM as a voting member on the 2017 FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee, and coined the term “electronic license plate”
Read the unpublished notice here, and check frequently for the public comment period.
The D&R testing is comprised of test hours and cycles fully representative of desired operating state operations. The D&R testing must also include verification of all operational limits and the entire aircraft flight envelope to ensure testing thoroughly encompasses the possible conditions that will be encountered in service.
D&R Test Hour Requirements
|Population density |
(people per square mile)
configuration (flight hours)
|Reduced probability of injury configuration |
<30% AIS 3 or greater injury (flight hours)
| Up to 100 |
|Up to 3000||1100||540|
|Up to 7000||2500||1300|
|Up to 10,000||3600||1800|
|Up to 14,000||5000||2500|
|Up to 20,000||7200||3600|
As a rule, the D&R testing must demonstrate safe flight across the entire operational envelope and up to all operational limitations, for all phases of flight and all aircraft configurations.
Applicants will only be certificated to fly within limitations that have been fully demonstrated in test. For example, the D&R testing must encompass the most adverse weather conditions (wind, temperature, density altitude, precipitation, etc.) for which certification is sought.
Environmental conditions should also be considered, such as humidity, sand, dust, salt, particulates or foreign objects that could be ingested such as insects, etc. Additionally, D&R testing should take place in an operationally representative radio frequency and electromagnetic environment to the extent possible.
With 300+ days of flying weather a year, PACI can support Applicants seeking a Determination of Reliability (with third-party oversight) and our affiliated UAS DAR can assist in obtaining operating approval and permission to fly for the needed limitations.
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As the first university approved to meet ASTM International for training students in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) , the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is planning to extend this expertise beyond the campus.
Paul Snyder, director of the UND Aerospace UAS Program, is a member of the ASTM International committee that developed standards for drone operation and maintenance as a joint program with Praxis Aerospace Concepts International Inc. He noted that receiving ASTM’s stamp of approval is important for UND’s UAS students, but also offers the potential to train UAS operators for industry.
The FAA and several industrial partners have successfully concluded real-world testing of unmanned traffic management systems for integrating drones into airspace in the USA. “The Eldorado and Piute Valley has been the home of innovation in UAS airspace for commercial BVLOS operations. We started the nation’s first commercial droneport in 2015 and expanded our testing corridor to include Searchlight Airpark in 2017,” explained Jonathan Daniels, PACI’s CEO and the Airport Manager for Searchlight.
The FAA operational tests were part of a program called the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management Pilot Program (UPP) launched in 2017 and conducted at sites in Nevada, North Dakota and Virginia. The UPP aims to help determine the services and capabilities UTM must provide to support extended and enhanced drone operations in the future.
PACI interns from the University of Nevada- Las Vegas, certified through AUVSI’s Trusted Operator Program™ and acting as Remote Pilots-in-Command, used the ANRA Technologies DroneUSS™ software platform to coordinate with the other participants of the UPP during operations on the Searchlight Airpark. Nevada’s senior Congresswoman, Dina Titus, later commended their work during the VIP Demo day at the end of the UPP.
UTM software platform for UPP and see this as a steppingstone to more advanced drone operations at Searchlight Airpark,” stated Brent Klavon, VP of Operations at ANRA Technologies.
During the last two weeks of July, several companies from around the country converged on the Searchlight Airpark to test Ground-based Detect and Avoid systems with both VLOS and Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS). These test flights were overseen by a PACI Remote-Pilot-In-Command using PACI’s Part 107 BVLOS within the Piute Valley. AirMap provided the PACI operations control center with a real-time operating picture of the airspace for both manned and unmanned aircraft using their proven UAS Service Supplier (USS) platform, in a similar manner as to recent demonstrations with the Virginia UPP, and using ASTM standards in California and Switzerland.
“We’re offering the UAS industry a one-stop-shop operation,” said Daniels. “With our full-service facility in Henderson, our customers are able to integrate system components right into their new or existing aircraft and then test fly at our FAA UAS Test Range just a few miles down the road. Our goal was to develop a droneport where new or existing customers could utilize our capabilities to support their project without the expense of building up the capability internally or organically- in the same manner that legacy aviation does with traditional airports.”
About Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, Inc.
Founded in 2011, PACI is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business based in Southern Nevada. The company’s mission is to develop practical solutions for multi-modal (ground-air-sea-industrial) response robotics and unmanned systems (UxS) using a mix of proprietary technology, unique team domain expertise, and unique partnerships, PACI develops and operates laboratory and field facilities for autonomous systems research, development, test, evaluation, deployment, commercialization, and training. Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, Inc. currently serves over 20 clients with military, public and civil robotics/unmanned systems across the globe.
About ANRA Technologies
ANRA Technologies is a provider of end-to-end solutions for UAS operators and airspace managers. ANRA has developed two software platforms for commercial UAS operations. One platform is for UAS traffic management (DroneUSS™) and the other is for orchestrating workflow (DroneOSS™). Both platforms have been rigorously tested and vetted by the world’s foremost government aviation entities and are operational today at multiple test sites, commercial enterprises and UAS Corridors.
ANRA’s software platform supports a myriad of UAS through a cloud-based architecture to enable airspace organization and management, flight awareness, and strategic deconfliction while supporting stakeholder interfaces and integrations. ANRA Technologies has been working on collaborative UTM research and deployments with regulators and Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP) in United States, United Kingdom, Europe as well as South America.
You can read the full article on SUASNews here
On the third day of the highly successful North Carolina Drone Summit, a group of Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) experts took the stage to discuss what the future of urban air mobility might look like. The panel took questions from an audience eager to learn more about the state of the technology and about the different alternatives available to drone operators today.
Members of the panel were:
- Jonathan Daniels (Moderator), CEO Praxis Aerospace
- Phillip (Phil) Hall, CEO RelmaTech Ltd. (UK)
- Brent Klavon, VP Operations, ANRA Technologies
- Laurent Huenaerts, General Manager UNIFLY
- Matthew Satterley, Head of Federal Policy and Government Affairs, AIRMAP
In support of the adoption of Trusted Operator Program™ (TOP) by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Chapters, Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, Inc. (PACI) expands its service by announcing their new, “Chapter Affiliation Incentive Program”. This program is a prime example of PACI’s latest initiatives and commitment to transform organizations by providing the next step of certification in accordance to the AUVSI Trusted Operator Program.
The Trusted Operator Program™(TOP) fills the gap between these minimally prescriptive operating regulations and a higher level of demonstrated knowledge, flight proficiency, safety and risk management practices that is expected to be valued by employers and customers of commercial UAS operators. PACI’s Chapter Affiliation Incentive Program offers a 10% discount on TOP Service Provider certification for Organizational Members of AUVSI Chapters and is in effect as of August 8,2019 and valid until February 1, 2020.
PACI is proud to offer this limited time discounted rate in compliments of other discount programs offered by AUVSI TOP Training Providers. This Program applies to TOP Level 1 and 2 Service Provider certification only and does not apply to individual certifications as TOP Remote Pilots or Instructors. This offer is not valid for colleges already participating in the discounted Section 631 Certification Program.
“Being TOP certified is important as it demonstrates assurance that the Organization meets protocols for competency and safety established by the industry consensus-based standards in the ANSI Standardization Roadmap for UAS,” said Jonathan Daniels, CEO of PACI. “TOP certification is important in terms of success as a professional organization, and has helped early adopters receive Part 107 Waivers. As the first TOP Certifying Body, PACI is committed to assisting industry organizations participate in the Trusted Operator Program.”
This year, the company plans to add more programs that will support the common goals of the Unmanned Aviation industry.
For those interested in taking advantage of this offer, organizations must show proof of Organizational Membership and Chapter Affiliation Click here to get started
PACI Trusted Operator Program officially goes International
On July 8, 2019, Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, Inc (PACI) reached another milestone and became the 1st AUVSI Trusted Operator Program (TOP) Certifying Body authorized to deliver International TOP Service to train drone organizations overseas.
At their facilities in Henderson and Searchlight, NV, PACI provides third-party evaluation of the curriculum of industry training programs in compliance with AUVSI’s remote pilot standards and protocols.
The PACI team is the first AUVSI TOP partner approved to deliver TOP Certification in South Africa and continues to be one of fastest – growing leading providers in the drone industries.
For more information on TOP, visit https://www.auvsi.org/topoperator
Click here to view our AUVSI Trusted Operator Program