Officials with the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) will discuss innovation and opportunities in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at a public meeting on Monday, Aug. 24.
Taking place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Research Center-Arlington at 900 N. Glebe Rd. in Arlington, Va., the meeting is the first in a series that will be hosted by each of the six national UAS test sites and UAS Center of Excellence.
Rose Mooney – executive director of MAAP – of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech, along with MAAP associate directors with Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, will discuss progress in each state and provide information about test flights and key industries pursuing UAS applications. Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will also attend.
Mooney will also address safety and privacy issues surrounding UAS integration. A question-and-answer session will follow the meeting.
According to Virginia Tech, these meetings will aid both public- and private-sector stakeholders to better understand how the test sites and the FAA’s Center of Excellence are furthering UAS integration through research, development and operational testing, says Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech is home of one of the six FAA-selected national test sites for conducting research to integrate unmanned aircraft into the nation’s airspace.
More information on the event can be found here.