The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) has announced a new business lease with Pentagon Performance Inc. (PPI), which is bringing an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training program to the Hangar 112 building at the Millville Airport, located in Cumberland County, N.J.
Commissioners of the DRBA, which owns the airport, unanimously authorized the lease for an initial term of one year. With mutual consent, PPI may renew the lease for four more one-year terms.
“We are pleased to be able to accommodate PPI with their plan to implement a comprehensive drone training program,” says Stephen Williams, director of airport operations for the DRBA. “Drone use – both commercially and recreationally – continues to rapidly increase, and we believe it is important that operators of all types are knowledgeable and understand their responsibilities when it comes to flying these aircraft.”
Williams notes that the office space in which the training program will commence is adjacent to a hangar facility that can be leased separately on an as-needed basis for any required flight training purposes.
PPI, which provides global precision solutions, has five divisions: unmanned systems, satellite communications, air traffic management, data management, and training. The company also says it is a founding member of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, which heads one of the federal UAS test sites, and a member of FAA’s UAS Center of Excellence.
“We are pleased to establish a presence at the Millville Airport and hope to have a positive effect on our airport neighbors, the local community and our region,” says Tony LaSure, president of PPI. “We are excited to be here.”
The DRBA says it supports the legal flying of drones and has actively participated in research and development of new technologies related to the integration of them into national airspace. In addition, the agency has actively pursued UAS applications that may help safeguard its transportation infrastructure at the Delaware Memorial Bridge and Cape May – Lewes Ferry, among other facilities.
Just recently, the DRBA announced that the County of Cape May, N.J., would be leasing a UAS incubator space in a new building at the Cape May County Airport Industrial Park.