Grand Sky UAS Park Goes with VirtualAirBoss for Operations Management


The Grand Sky unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) business and aviation park in Grand Forks, N.D., has chosen the VirtualAirBoss (VAB) to help manage UAS flight operations.

VAB, developed by SmartC2, is a browser-based solution designed to securely manage complex aviation business operations in order to meet the safety and reporting goals and integrate operations with NASA's UAS traffic management (UTM) system.

VirtualAirBoss is integrated with the UTM system, and Grand Sky has agreed to participate in the UTM beta testing. Multiple, simultaneous flights from Grand Sky's airfield will provide flight data to help NASA further develop its UTM system to manage UAS for the nation.

Grand Sky is a 217-acre business and aviation park focused on developing and nurturing the UAS industry in North Dakota and the U.S. It offers an airfield with 1.2 million square feet of hangar, office, shop, laboratory and data center space – available on a build-to-suit basis with financing available.

‘We are establishing a new home base for drones in the U.S., and we want to start flying right away to document the construction in progress,’ comments Thomas Swoyer, Jr., president of Grand Sky Development Co. ‘SmartC2 totally understands the complex challenges we face at Grand Sky, and they simplify it.

‘With VAB, we have detailed accountability, and we can easily create whatever reports we need. They have automated many tedious administrative tasks, like [Certificate of Waiver or Authorization) reporting. This is a fantastic tool for us to provide to our tenants,” he says.

Stuart Rudolph, president and CEO of SmartC2, adds, ‘In a single VirtualAirBoss site, you can handle manned, UAS, small, large and optionally piloted aircraft. We believe that capturing the information you'll need for compliance reports and reimbursements should derive organically from your workflow.”

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