AUVSI Announces Trusted Operator Program (TOP)

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) today announced the appointment of leading industry stakeholders to serve on a steering committee and as brand ambassadors who will develop the Trusted Operator Program (TOP) for remote pilots and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training organizations.

The TOP, which AUVSI launched in November, is a UAS community initiative to facilitate best practices, codes of conduct and professionalism for operators of services provided by UAS, also known as drones.

PACI, an AUVSI organizational member, is a participant in both the Remote Pilots’ Council and the Trusted Operator Program. Our CEO was selected as the Chair of the TOP Steering Committee.

The original press release from AUVSI and more information can be found here.

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Nevada Company Gets the OK for Class B Airspace Drone Flights

Praxis Aerospace Concepts International (PACI) has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations within Las Vegas’ Class B airspace.

The company says the new authorization allows it to provide drone services to a major metropolitan area, including over 125 square miles covering the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas.

The original and full article from Unmanned Aerial Online can be found here.

Once-abandoned Searchlight subdivision may soon be buzzing with drones

The once-abandoned subdivision off the side of U.S. Highway 95 is tucked out of view, but there isn’t much to see anyway — just some house-less streets next to a mile-long airstrip.

But in time, if Jonathan Daniels has his way, the property will be buzzing with drones.

Daniels, founder of Henderson-based Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, recently leased about an acre of land at the Searchlight Airpark for his drone-testing business.

He plans to start working from temporary trailers — the site has water and power hook-ups — by mid-May and eventually build a permanent facility. As part of his agreement with the property owner, Daniels also will manage the tower-less airport.

Original and full article from the Las Vegas Review Journal is available here.