Unmanned Traffic Management Partners Come Together in New York


The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) hosted its first official unmanned traffic management (UTM) kickoff meeting with partners in Syracuse, N.Y., on Dec. 11-12.

The NUAIR Alliance, an organizational partner of CenterState CEO, manages the federally designated unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site in central New York State. 

Partners at the meeting included AX Enterprize, SRC, Thales, Unifly, AirMap, ANRA, Assured Information Security, CAL Analytics, Crown Consulting, GE Global, AGI/OneSky, Raytheon, TrueWeather Solutions, Mosaic ATM, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and Syracuse University. 

The purpose of the meeting was to establish a joint roadmap to advance research and development opportunities, identify and resolve technical issues, and lay the framework for a detailed implementation plan to build an operational UTM system for drone flights beyond the visual line of sight. 

“This meeting brought together all of our test site’s partners for an important joint planning session where we were able to develop a shared vision for the advancement of the UTM corridor and test site,” says Major General Marke F. “Hoot” Gibson (ret), CEO of the NUAIR Alliance (and former senior advisor on drone integration at the Federal Aviation Administration). 

“This is the first step in establishing a true BVLOS UTM corridor and test range where any company with a product that is part of a UTM ecosystem can come, test and develop commercial uses that will benefit our region,” Gibson continues “We are excited to put this plan into action and further establish this partnership as a global leader.”

Two years ago, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $30 million investment to develop a 50-mile flight traffic management system in the region in support of the UAS industry. 

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