Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 2018

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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16 unmanned systems inside   August/September 2018 AIR IPP UPDATE T he still new Integration Pilot Program (IPP) is off to a fast start with most of the teams already planning technology demonstrations for late summer. The new program managers promised by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are already in place to support the teams, there is a channel set up to f low test data to FA A and there are even extra technical experts available for problem solving as needed. "Overall, I've been very impressed with the FAA finding people who are willing to find workarounds and to really push boundaries, said Cathy Cahill, direc- tor of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, which is leading one of the teams. Some of the team leads, however, have also hit their f irst concussive milestone—that point at which one's plans run head on into reality and it becomes necessary to step back for an aspirin and some hard revision. OUCH The milestone was, as one team lead described it, a "de-scoping" of some Photos courtesy of ACUASI at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority and Mark Blanks, Mid Atlantic Aviation Partnership at VA Tech.. teams' plans by the FA A to limit duplication and to ensure that, at the end of the t wo -year IPP pro - gram, the FA A would have the data it needs to write the regulations it intends to produce. "We asked them, the lead applicants themselves, to prioritize what was most important to them to get out of the program—and that is what they did," said Earl Lawrence, the direc- tor of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) at FA A. "And of course FA A had some ideas also, but when we sat down I'm happy to say that there was alignment. We didn't need to change the number one goals. So then the dis- cussions moved on to 'Okay if those are your number one goals, let's start at the top. What is it going to take to do that? ...And, of course, that resulted in an adjustment to what they're planning on doing initially, within each one of their plans." Lawrence stressed that the teams' number one priorities are largely in line with those of the FA A. The one significant exception, he said, was the team lead by Memphis International Airport. by Dee Ann Divis The Integration Pilot Program is moving briskly though some teams were surprised, and disappointed, when the Federal Aviation Administration narrowed their activities to their very top priorities. FAA SHARPENS IPP Teams' Focus P P IP Integration Pilot Program Team Follow-Ups

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