Airspace Link, a Detroit-based provider of drone safety infrastructure, and the Lone Star UAS Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, are partnering to launch the FlySafe Program to enhance the safety and capabilities of drone operations within their local communities.
The Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation (LSUASC) is a research facility dedicated to the innovation and safety of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flights throughout the United States.
The FlySafe Program enables students, residents, and visitors to understand Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) drone rules, local advisories, ground risk hazards, and additional information to help them plan safer and compliant flights when operating in the area.
“We’re always looking to partner with leaders in innovation like the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation to make sure we’re responsibly paving the way for new technologies like UAS to scale,” says Michael Healander, co-founder and CEO of Airspace Link.
“Through work like theirs, it’s been proven time and again how beneficial drones can be for the environment and the economy, and we’re excited to have them as partners to lay the foundation for them to be able to scale and for residents to be able to receive the full benefits of drone operations sooner and safely.”
Referred to as the “Smart Maps for Drones,” Airspace Link’s FlySafe Program is a critical step in establishing two-way communication for drone pilots and their communities to ensure operations are in harmony with the community providing near-instant authorizations when operating in controlled airspace, according to the company.
“The partnership between LSUASC and Airspace Link is the next innovation to enhance our connection with the community,” says Michael Sanders, executive director of LSUASC. “It will enable shared understanding of operations happening in the airspaces, publication of advisories and data directly to pilots, increased pilot situational awareness, and provides for two-way information sharing that hasn’t existed before at this level.”
LSUASC’s mission is to integrate of UAS and autonomous aviation (AAV) technologies across educational, public, and commercial agency interests; provide an economic stimulus to attract related industry partners to the state of Texas; and inform governing agencies on UAS and AAV operations in the National Airspace System.