Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 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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20   June/July 2018 unmanned systems inside P P IP Integration Pilot Program Team Profiles safety. Though the FAA is clearly en- thusiastic about IPP it is not easing up on its safety requirements for un- manned aircraft systems (UAS). It's a challenge though, said Earl Lawrence, executive director of FA A's UA S Integration Office, because many of the teams do not have roots in the aviation industry and therefore don't really understand what is needed. "We're used to dealing with …the air- craft manufacturer or the operator," Law rence told Inside Unmanned Systems. To help things along, Lawrence said, the FAA is assigning a program man- ager to each of the team leads who will be "their partner from the FA A for the entire time that this program goes on." That manager will guide the teams as they file for waivers and permission to f ly as well as deal with issues like getting frequencies or the safe handling of things like lithium batteries. "The program manager will be our point of contact for all questions re- lated to IPP and they, of course, will be leveraging a team of experts at the FA A headquarters and other sites. Photo courtesy of Dept. of Transportation. person to be able to work with us on this." Those additional experts, Lawrence said, will also serve as conduits for bringing information back to sup- port rule making and to be able to take what's learned in one area to in- form another. The team from the Lee County Mosquito Control District, for example, is working on drone-based applications for low-altitude spraying to control mosquitos and hyacinths. The FA A expert can help them build on what's already in place for spraying from manned aircraft. What the expert learns from the team could also inform new rules for drone-based spraying of farm fields for agricultural pests. CUTTING EDGE The teams were chosen based on the criteria in the initial screening infor- mation requests and other published sources like the presidential memo- randum, Lawrence said. Among those criteria were environmental and eco- nomic diversity and the cutting-edge nature of the problems each team chose to tackle. Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) and f lights over people, for example, are critical for package delivery—a goal of seven of the 10 teams. Nor th Carolina and San Diego are trying to speed the processing of blood tests and other medical samples by taking them out of the hands of expensive couriers and putting them on direct-to-the-lab drone f lights. Flirtey is working with four of the seven teams pursuing rapid delivery to get defibrillators to heart attack victims. In Reno, where the firm is based, Flirtey has partnered w ith Federal Express to put their drones in Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao (left in white) shared the stage with members of Congress, team representatives and a host of other dignitaries when she announced the 10 IPP teams May 9. "WE THINK THAT WE CAN USE SOME DRONE APPLICATIONS TO GET TO THE SCENE OF THE CRASH QUICKER THAN WE CAN PHYSICALLY AND GET INFORMATION BACK TO OUR EMT (EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN) OR TO THE HOSPITALS. THAT CAN HELP SAVE PEOPLE'S LIVES." Tom Sorel, director, North Dakota Department of Transportation So we have one point of contact that we will be able to work with," said Catherine Cahill, the director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. "The person they selected for us has a lot of experience with Alaska. So they picked the perfect

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