Along with government, industry and academic partners, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has conducted evaluations of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) unmanned aircraft system (UAS)-detection system at New York City’s John F. Kennedy International airport.
Five different rotorcraft and fixed-wing UAS participated in the evaluations, and about 40 separate tests took place. The FAA says the tests expanded on research performed earlier this year at New Jersey’s Atlantic City International Airport.
Participating agencies included the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Queens District Attorney’s Office, and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The FAA UAS test site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y., helped plan the tests.
“We face many difficult challenges as we integrate rapidly evolving UAS technology into our complex and highly regulated airspace,” says Marke “Hoot” Gibson, the FAA’s senior advisor on UAS integration. “This effort at JFK reflects everyone’s commitment to safety.”
Thomas Bosco, the Port Authority’s aviation director, adds, “We look forward to supporting continued U.S. government efforts to identify and deploy countermeasures to neutralize the threat posed by rogue UAS.”