PACI Leases 700MHz Spectrum in Nevada, Utah and Arizona for BVLOS

Praxis Aerospace Concepts International (PACI), a leading developer of droneports and unmanned systems services, announces that it has entered into a long-term lease of spectrum within the Upper 700 MHz A Block.

The Upper 700 MHz A Block spectrum consists of 1 MHz paired (2 MHz total) in the Upper 700 MHz band at 757-758 MHz and 787-788MHz. The 700 MHz band (including the Upper 700 MHz band) is often referred to as the spectrum equivalent of “beach-front property” due to its superior propagation characteristics.

PACI expects to increase the geographical coverage of its unmanned systems services network (USS) in the Southwestern United States, further strengthening its position as market leader in the country.

The new areas of coverage include counties in Nevada (Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral, Nye), Arizona (Mohave, La Paz, Yuma), and Utah (Beaver, Garfield, Iron, Piute, Washington).

Michael Gottdenker, Chairman and CEO of Access Spectrum, said, “We are very pleased to have helped Praxis Aerospace meet its spectrum needs. The Upper 700 MHz A Block provides drone operating companies access to exclusive, licensed spectrum without needing to compete with commercial carriers for licensed spectrum through an auction. And it enables drone operators to focus their flight command and control on a single band that furthers a safer beyond line of sight environment.”

Financial details of the lease were not disclosed.

About Access Spectrum

Access Spectrum holds Upper 700 MHz A Block licenses covering about one-half of the United States.  These licenses are available for immediate purchase or lease and can be sub-divided to cover specific geographies.  For more information, please contact John Vislosky at 240-507-8816 or visit www.AccessSpectrum.com.

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.

Additional coverage from Radio Resource International can be found here.

Aviation safety experts focus on heliport safety, altitude integration, weather gathering and UAS

Last week more than 50 aviation safety professionals and leaders from industry and government came together in Washington DC for this year’s USHST Infrastructure Summit.

The summit is designed as an industry and government collaborative effort comprised of groups that are involved with; impacted by; have federal, state or local regulatory oversite, jurisdiction and/or enforcement of; or provide general advisory/council on:

  • Heliport Safety, Standardization, Education and Oversight
  • Low Altitude IFR Infrastructure Design and Integration
  • Aviation Weather Gathering, Dissemination and Reporting

“With all the current discussions on Capitol Hill about improving and upgrading the U.S.’s infrastructure, aviation absolutely must be a part of that discussion,” said Rex Alexander, one of the coordinators for the Summit. “A properly designed low-level infrastructure will be critical to providing a harmonious airspace for all of the current and future users looking to conduct business in the NAS. With the current and continued influx of UAS, drone and VTOL aircraft coming into the market, setting up a well thought out foundation now will be vital for ensuring safety and accessibility for all parties.”

Participants in this year’s summit included representatives from: Association of Air Medical Services, Association of Critical Care Transport, American Helicopter Society International, Airbus Helicopters, Air Medical Operators Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, American Society of Testing & Materials Int., Bell Helicopter, Boston MedFlight, Department of the Interior, Federal Aviation Administration, Helicopter Association International, HeliExperts International LLC, Hughes Aerospace Corp., Leonardo Helicopters, Levitate Capital, LifeFlight of Maine, Protean LLC, Maryland State Police Aviation Command, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National Center for Atmospheric Research, National EMS Pilots Association, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, Inc., Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, Uber Technologies, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Helicopter Safety Team.

The original press release from United States Helicopter Safety Team and more information 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.