Thales to Support UAS Traffic Management in New York
Monday, September 24, 2018 | Comments

The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), a coalition of New York and Massachusetts aerospace and academic institutions, signed a multiyear collaboration agreement with Thales. The agreement supports NUAIR’s efforts to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems into traditional, controlled airspace and supports its ability to conduct operations at its New York UAS test site’s 50-mile UAS traffic management corridor.

Thales is working with NUAIR at the Griffiss test site to examine how advancement in UAS traffic management (UTM) could provide a glimpse into future airspace automation capabilities. Thales will integrate the entire airspace situation into NUAIR’s software to track unmanned flights and keep operators a safe distance from manned aviation. Thales brings other key capabilities for the safe integration of drones into airspace including cybersecurity and centralized, airspace management for drone operations to ensure the safety and security of the national airspace system.

As one of only five companies approved by FAA to provide Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services, Thales will provide tools to plan flight operations for commercial drone users at more than 225 airports across the U.S. The Thales LAANC software application will allow small UAS operators to access airspace safely and efficiently by receiving authorization from the FAA in a matter of minutes — a significant departure from the nearly 90-day approval process that was in place prior to LAANC.

Thales established a presence in Central New York at Syracuse University in 2017 as part of a broader UTM initiative to partner with world-class organizations in advancing UTM globally.

“This partnership helps advance the critical tools needed for beyond visual line of site testing; these are capabilities not found at any other test site in the nation,” said Maj. Gen. Marke F. “Hoot” Gibson (retired), CEO of the NUAIR Alliance. “This region is leading the industry and attracting partners from across the globe due to investments being made by New York state. We look forward to working with Thales and deploying this industry-leading technology in coming months, taking our capabilities to a new level.”

Oneida County’s UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport is leading the nation in industry research and innovation,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. “The corridor between Rome and Syracuse continues to grow and establish the Mohawk Valley and Central New York as the epicenter for UAS development. Adding Thales into that mix will further strengthen our position within the U.S. and throughout the world.”

This announcement builds on a $30 million investment announced by New York State Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to develop the 50-mile flight traffic management system between Syracuse and Griffiss International Airport, in Rome, New York to advance the burgeoning UAS industry as part of the CNY Rising initiative.

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