U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine Chao announced that USDOT has selected 10 state, local and tribal governments as participants in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program.
First announced in October, this White House initiative partners the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with local, state and tribal governments, which then partner with private sector participants to safely explore the further integration of drone operations.
“Data gathered from these pilot projects will form the basis of a new regulatory framework to safely integrate drones into our national airspace,” explained Secretary Chao.
The 10 selectees are:
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant, OK
The proposal focuses on agricultural, public safety and infrastructure inspections, with planned Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations over people and nighttime operations.
PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS AND BENEFITS:
The proposal highlights plans to invest in mobile ground-based detect and avoid radars and advanced weather infrastructure.
The awardee, along with partners CNN and the Green Valley Farms Living Laboratory, has an aggressive 90-day schedule for high-profile Extended Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS) and night operations.
The data obtained from these operations will be broadly applicable, and could extend to a wide range of operations and geographical locations.
City of San Diego, CA