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1 The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) The Virginia/New Jersey/Maryland UAS Test Site 6 May 20131

2 2 UAS Test Site The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 required the FAA to establish a program to integrate UAS into the NAS at six Test Ranges. Awards were announced Dec 30, 2013 to: University of Alaska State of Nevada Griffiss International Airport (Rome, NY) North Dakota Department of Commerce Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) 2

3 3 Our Team Awarded the FAA UAS Test Site OTA through Virginia Tech Led by Virginia Tech, Rutgers and University of Maryland Includes Academia, Government, Industry, Economic Development Agencies and Non-Profit Organizations Specific Team strengths: Three top 50 research universities Companies w/ experience in UAS development, manufacture, operation and testing Existing relationships to federal UAS R&D centers William J. Hughes FAA Technical Center NASA Langley NASA Wallops NAVAIR Patuxent River NSWC Dahlgren International airport with 10,000’ runway Flexible and diverse airspace 3

4 4 UAS Test Site/MAAP Organization 4 Working Groups FAA MAAP Members Board of Directors MD Team Members Executive Director Associate Director (VT) Associate Director (NJ) Associate Director (MD) Virginia Tech Rutgers Univ. of MD VA Team Members NJ Team Members UAS TEST SITEMAAP

5 5 Our Mission The safe and efficient integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into our National Airspace System 5

6 6 Our Ranges 6 Airspace development ongoing: Maximize safety/Manage risk Support Agricultural applications Utility applications Emergency Response applications Proximity to R and D centers Leverage commercial use opportunity Early flight testing to occur in areas and with flight plans designed to manage risk. With demonstrated performance, testing will gradually increase in complexity. Long-term airspace analysis is in progress

7 7 Airspace – New Jersey

8 8 Airspace – Virginia

9 9 Customers Federal agencies University and other researchers Sensor/payload providers* UAS manufacturers* Operators/users* *Market dependent on pathway to certification 9

10 10 Challenges Stiff competition Complex competition/collaboration environment Business case – Short term—customers? – Long term—sustainable funding model 10

11 11 High Priority Activities 1.Hire a “rainmaker” ED 2.Fly early and often 3.Find our niche 4.Assemble core staff 5.Get the following in place – Standard Operating Procedures – Test Site COA 6.Procure required equipment 7.Market Aggressively 8.Ensure team members are seeing benefit 11

12 12 Questions?

13 13 MAAP Team ACADEMIA: Virginia Tech; Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; National Institute of Aerospace; Liberty University; Old Dominion University; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Rowan University; The Richard Stockton College of NJ; Virginia State University GOVERNMENT: Commonwealth of Virginia, State of New Jersey, New Jersey Department of Transportation, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, South Jersey Transportation Authority, Virginia Small Aircraft Transportation System Lab (VSATS), Virginia Department of Aviation INDUSTRY: Aerosim Flight Academy; American Aerospace Advisors, Aurora Flight Sciences, B4Team, Engility, Enterprise Engineering Services, Hi-Tec Systems, KSI Video, NAVMAR Applied Science Corporation, OSI, Pentagon Performance, Sentinel Robotic Solutions, Sunhillo, UAV PRO RESEARCH PARKS: Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park  Dozens of new partnerships in process


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