An agreement between the Praxis Aerospace Concepts International Corporation (PACI) and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will enhance the integration of Unmanned Aircraft / Aerial Systems (UAS) by public safety agencies.
The two parties agreed to provide joint services and products to public safety agencies in the U.S. and International airspace. The agreement is aimed at mutually beneficial areas of opportunities like credentialing of public safety agencies, UAS policies and procedures, and advanced training support. Under the agreement signed on June 30, both parties will also focus on developing training courses and identifying the necessary funding in support of public safety agencies.
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 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.
Praxis Aerospace Concepts International (PACI) has expanded their services from commercial to federal and signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Nevada National Security Site’s (NNSS) management and operating contractor, National Security Technologies (NSTec). With this CRADA, PACI has added a new division within that can handle federal accounts and services. With over four successful years of developing commercial endeavours, the team welcomes many opportunities with this expansion to the federal level.
In the past, PACI has made several notable contributions to the commercial world of aerospace, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and other robotics. Utilisation of this CRADA will allow 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. With the extensive knowledge, experience, and innovation found at PACI, the benefits will be mutually rewarding for all those involved. Focus will be on
advancing the processes and procedures, techniques, and infrastructure for near and far-reaching technologies. This will also include counter measures involving UAS, Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM), and Command and Control (C2) of Robotics.
The original and full article on sUASNews can be found here.
Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, Inc., located in Henderson because of the wide variety of office and warehouse locations available, and because it was separate geographically from both the Las Vegas Strip and the defense-focused areas in North Las Vegas, according to Jonathan Daniels, CEO.
Praxis works with ground-air-sea-industrial response robotics and unmanned systems in both civil/commercial and defense use. Daniels finds Southern Nevada a good fit because of the community.
“We have an extensive internship and apprentice program that has welcomed students from UNLV and [Clark County School District] schools. Several of our partner companies are also based in Henderson, so our location works well for face-to-face meetings and project collaborations,” said Daniels.
You can read the full article from Nevada Business Magazine here
Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, Inc. today announced that it has been delegated Mission Command authority from the New York UAS Test Site, operated by the Griffiss International Airport. This significant achievement represents the growth of the partnership between the two entities, and the advances the integrate of unmanned aircraft into the airspace over the Southwestern United States. With Mission Command authority, PACI has unlimited access to two new authorizations from the FAA.
Praxis Aerospace Concepts International Inc. (PACI) has been delegated mission command authority from the New York unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site, operated by Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y.
PACI can support operations in Class G airspace anywhere in the United States that meets the criteria of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved nationwide blanket Certificate of Authority (COA).
Read the press release from Unmanned Aerial Online here
Today, PACI’s Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Daniels testified to the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations on “Opportunity Rising: the FAA’s New Regulatory Framework for Commercial Drone Operations.”
Small business owners told a key Congressional subcommittee today that new federal regulation that allows commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as drones or UAS, are opening up the skies and opportunities for new jobs and economic growth. However, effective and efficient implementation of the rule and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) next steps to fully and safely integrate UAS into the national airspace system are critical to the industry’s success. The FAA projects that 90 percent of drone owners will be small businesses making clear and sensible regulation essential as these entrepreneurs try to get startups off the ground and improve existing small businesses day-to-day operations through the use of this technology.
Watch the full video here (Mr. Daniels’ testimony starts at 28:53)
For more information from Representative Hardy (NV-R), read this press release here.
Next Tuesday, the U.S. House’s Small Business Committee is holding a hearing entitled “Opportunity Rising: the FAA’s New Regulatory Framework for Commercial Drone Operations.”
Taking place at 11:00 a.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., the hearing will include the following witnesses: Gabriel Dobbs, vice president of business development and policy at Kespry Inc. (testifying on behalf of the Small UAV Coalition); Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International; and Jonathan Daniels, president of Praxis Aerospace Concepts International Inc.
The Clark County Fire Department has received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate a small “unmanned aircraft systems”– commonly referred to as a drone. This is the first Certificate of Authorization approved in Nevada under the FAA’s new “Public Safety Blanket COA” process.
Under the leadership of Chief Gregory Cassell, CCFD initiated this application as part of a visionary program to use UAS to address specific challenges of fire service response. This is the first UAS COA for CCFD, and is supported by Praxis Aerospace Concepts International as the COA-designated Point of Contact.
CCFD’s innovative approach integrates small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) support into firefighting missions such as hazardous materials spill response, public safety, life preservation missions, gathering photographic and video images over disaster scenes and fire areas, and training missions. Initial operations will focus on training firefighter flight crews and validating procedures for the department.
Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, Inc. is best known in the unmanned systems industry for its White Label services, supporting FAA UAS Test Sites, Universities and corporate partners with Robotics Management, Technical Services and Autonomous Technology Testing. PACI is a partner of ASSURE, the FAA’s UAS Center of Excellence. “UAS integration into emergency response operations will save time, resources and money while keeping firefighters safer than ever before,” said Jonathan Daniels, CEO, Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, Inc. “Chief Cassell and his staff at CCFD have been a fantastic proponent during the development of this program over the last year”.
Watch local news coverage “Clark County Fire Department receives drone license from FAA” with additional information here