Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2018 - JAN 2019

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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24  December 2018/January 2019 unmanned systems inside AIR IPP NORTH CAROLINA T here is nothing routine about f lying drones over people , beyond v isua l line of sight (BVLOS), at night and through bad weather. But that may change under the FA A's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integ ration Pilot Prog ram (IPP). North Carolina's IPP team, led by the state's Department of Transportation (NCDOT), is working to conquer these obstacles and provide the FA A with the data it needs to move for- ward with much-needed rulemaking for complex f lights. Basil Yap, UAS program manager for NCDOT, said IPP has brought about a total change in how the agency interacts with the FAA. Instead of submitting waivers and waiting, there is now a dia- logue. "Now when we submit a waiver the FAA has an expectation of what they are going to see in the safety case," he said. "Dialogue expedites the process." DRONE DELIVERY OF MEDICAL SAMPLES AT WAKEMED Even before North Carolina was chosen from more than 140 applicants to be one Photos courtesy of North Carolina Department of Transportation. of the 10 IPP teams, WakeMed, a large local provider, had been working with drone delivery supplier Matternet. Dr. Stuart Ginn, medical director of WakeMed Innovations, surgeon and for- mer aviation professional, could see the potential for drones to address a grow- ing problem for the hospital—delivery of medical samples to labs across an ex- panding health care system. Third party couriers who transport medical samples represent a costly line item for the hospi- tal and often leave doctors and patients waiting hours for lab results. "It really wreaks havoc on our operations," Ginn said. WakeMed and Matternet used a framework they had already devel- oped in the application for the IPP. At first, they envisioned using drones exclusively for urgent needs, but they soon realized the system could accom- modate most of their needs. In a fully implemented system, most f lights would fall into the 10- to 15-kilometer range. While WakeMed is still modeling what the final system will look like, it's clear the cost savings will be significant. Equally important by Joanne Costin The North Carolina Integration Pilot Program (IPP) team plans to use drones for faster and more economical delivery of medical samples, emergency supplies and takeout meals as well as for completing safer and more efficient inspections of infrastructure. REAL WORLD DRONE DELIVERY We didn't expect that we would have to reevaluate the way NCDOT has traditionally done community outreach. We are looking at new ways, through social media and other methods, to get the public educated, more engaged and more invested in this project." James Pearce, public relations officer, North Carolina Department of Transportation Aviation " Drones will provide NCDOT with a real-time look at infrastructure. P P IP Integration Pilot Program Team Follow-Ups

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