FreeFlight Systems, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance avionics for flight safety, says it has received a commercial exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the purpose of testing avionics specifically related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) integration into the National Airspace System (NAS).
Using this approval and the company’s 300-acre flight test facility in conjunction with a host of ground and airborne equipment, the Texas company plans to advance automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) applications in the UAS sector of the NAS. These include sense-and-avoid and other applications promoting safe UAS operations and manned/unmanned aircraft integration.
FreeFlight Systems has designed small, lightweight and low-power ADS-B systems based on its FAA-certified RANGR line of ADS-B products. The company says it has been active with NASA, several universities, the FAA and private industry in bringing these products to market.