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AUG-SEP 2018

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18 unmanned systems inside   August/September 2018 AIR IPP UPDATE "They had a much longer list of things that they want to have done than we had on the top of our list. And so we've asked them to focus on the key items that are not being covered by other lead participants—yet, right now, which are (still) very much focused on their (airport's needs). Because again we didn't have the duplication in those," said Lawrence. STILL ENTHUSIASTIC, BUT… It's important to note no one who spoke to Inside Unmanned Systems was any less enthusiastic about going ahead with the IPP program and no one suggested the sharpened focus was misguided. If anything there was a consistent, albeit perhaps grudging, acceptance of the need to focus only on the top priorities to move the entire industry forward. It was clear from interviews, how- ever, that at least some of the teams hadn't expected such a change and felt they had little choice but to go along. The FAA does not provide funding for the teams but it has hired extra program managers, one for every two teams, to help speed requests for waiv- ers. More importantly, the FA A has pledged to fast track IPP waiver re- quests and has even lined up specialists to help teams work through difficulties. The non-priority projects, however, will not be getting that kind of help. Though participants in the now side- lined missions can pursue their proj- ects under the existing waiver process experience suggests they won't get very far. Only a tiny percentage of beyond- visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) waiver requests, for example, have been grant- Photos courtesy of Intel and the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The Falcon 8+ drine from intel, a Memphis team partner. North Dakota also has one of the most active FAA test ranges. NORTH DAKOTA TENNESSEE

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