Presentation on theme: "The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP)"— Presentation transcript:
1The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) The Virginia/New Jersey/MarylandUAS Test Site6 May 2013
2UAS Test Site4/13/2017The 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 AlaskaState of NevadaGriffiss International Airport (Rome, NY)North Dakota Department of CommerceTexas A&M University—Corpus ChristiVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)We boast a team with an impressive research, development, test and evaluation experience and a vast network of connections ready to implement the integration of UAS into the NAS.
3Our Team Awarded the FAA UAS Test Site OTA through Virginia Tech 4/13/2017Awarded the FAA UAS Test Site OTA through Virginia TechLed by Virginia Tech, Rutgers and University of MarylandIncludes Academia, Government, Industry, Economic Development Agencies and Non-Profit OrganizationsSpecific Team strengths:Three top 50 research universitiesCompanies w/ experience in UAS development, manufacture, operation and testingExisting relationships to federal UAS R&D centersWilliam J. Hughes FAA Technical CenterNASA LangleyNASA WallopsNAVAIR Patuxent RiverNSWC DahlgrenInternational airport with 10,000’ runwayFlexible and diverse airspaceWe boast a team with an impressive research, development, test and evaluation experience and a vast network of connections ready to implement the integration of UAS into the NAS.
4UAS Test Site/MAAP Organization FAAMAAP MembersBoard of DirectorsExecutive DirectorRutgersVirginia TechUniv. of MDAssociate Director (NJ)Associate Director (VT)Associate Director (MD)Working GroupsNJ Team MembersVA Team MembersMD Team MembersUAS TEST SITEMAAP
5Our Mission4/13/2017The safe and efficient integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into our National Airspace SystemDespite the challenges, we see tremendous utility for UA in civil applications to include agriculture, public safety, law enforcement, and, eventually transportation. We want the US to be in the forefront of the UAS industry and for US companies and citizens to benefit fromOur team has, from day one, focused on the question of how we can do this safely…we know that this is a technical, policy and social challenge but we have a clear vision of how we can move forward while:Ensuring the safety of the public andRespecting the privacy of individuals
6Our Ranges4/13/2017Early 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 progressCentered around restricted airspace at the Warren Grove Range in New Jersey, and Dahlgren, Wallops and Fort Pickett in Virginia.Our intent is to conduct all our high risk flying in the restricted areas. Early flights will be of short duration, low and slow. As we gain confidence in the systems under test and our own processes we will conduct longer, higher and faster flights, potentially culminating in extremely long, high and fast flights in the huge area available in the warning areas of the Atlantic.The advantage of the four ranges within the Test Site are that it affords us tremendous flexibility of scheduling and capacity. As we gain experience (and staff) we feel confident that our ranges will be able to support up to 20 simultaneous flight operations.Airspace development ongoing:Maximize safety/Manage riskSupportAgricultural applicationsUtility applicationsEmergency Response applicationsProximity to R and D centersLeverage commercial use opportunity
11High Priority Activities Hire a “rainmaker” EDFly early and oftenFind our nicheAssemble core staffGet the following in placeStandard Operating ProceduresTest Site COAProcure required equipmentMarket AggressivelyEnsure team members are seeing benefit
124/13/2017Questions?As we develop an enduring, responsive and flexible organization to achieve the goal of SAFE integration of UAS into the NAS, we recognize that large teams can be a bit unwieldy.We have developed an initial organization that will permit us to decisively respond to the opportunities that we encounter as we set up this exciting new organization.The Board of Trustees will consist of seven members that will represent the two states, academic institutions, and business interests from each state.The Interim executive director will be responsible for standing up the working groups; developing the charter, strategic plan, business plan and communications plan; for reaching out to team members and other interested entities; and for leading the effort to select a permanent executive director.
13MAAP 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 UniversityGOVERNMENT: 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 AviationINDUSTRY: 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 PRORESEARCH PARKS: Stockton Aviation Research and Technology ParkDozens of new partnerships in process