The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) a certificate of waiver/authorization (COA) to test unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
According to NJIT, it is the first New Jersey university and first public institution in the state to be granted permission to test UAS.
NJIT, which will use the airstrip on the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May to test the systems, will work closely with the State of New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, as well as the State Office of Emergency Management to develop UAS capabilities. It will also aim to weave the capability into the state’s emergency response operations.
NJIT is a partner in the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP), housed at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, which last year was designated one of six test sites authorized to develop procedures to ensure the safe integration of the UAS into the National Airspace.
The university plans to begin testing under its COA this summer to assist New Jersey in bringing UAS emergency management capabilities to bear during the hurricane season. In addition, as part of the test site MAAP team, NJIT plans to collect operational data required by the FAA on the specific UAS that will be flown in Cape May.