Maryland UAV Developer Inks Another Commercial Exemption

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 14, 2016 No Comments
Categories : Mapping & Surveying

Jessup, Md.-based UAV Solutions Inc. (UAVS), a woman-owned small business that manufactures and designs unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), says it has inked another commercial drone authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

This Section 333 exemption covers the company’s Talon 120LE fixed-wing UAS for conducting aerial data collection. UAV Solutions also has 333s for its Phoenix 30 and Phoenix 60 multi-rotor drones. In total, the FAA lists UAVS with four commercial exemptions.

UAVS says it has been designing, developing and manufacturing unmanned systems and sub-components since 2006. Specifically, the company sells a line of multi-rotor and fixed-wing aircraft for military and commercial use.

Alaris, a veteran-owned small business in southern Maryland, prepared and submitted UAVS’ FAA application. UAVS has other applications pending, including one for the Phoenix ACE LE, a lightweight multi-rotor drone (under 5 lbs.) with the ability to fly for up to one hour.

“Securing the authorization to fly in the [National Airspace Systen] has been a goal for UAVS,” says CEO Bill Davidson. “This privilege will allow us to demonstrate our systems for potential customers and provide a safe means to enhance features on our current systems.”

Photo courtesy of UAVS: the Talon 120LE

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