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PENTAGON PERFORMANCE PROVIDES RANGE SAFETY FOR HISTORIC DRONE FLIGHTS IN CAPE MAY
Monday, June 27, 2016

Source: Flirtey

CAPE MAY, N.J. - As scores of onlookers at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal gazed across the Delaware Bay on June 22, they bore witness to the first drone ship-to-shore package delivery in Unites States history.

Battling stiff winds, the unmanned aircraft, provided by the Nevada-based company Flirtey, departed from the coast carrying a package of medical samples toward a barge floating just past the opening of the Cape May Canal. The drone hovered over the craft, and used a clever winch system to lower the package onto the barge before landing.

The boat crew then retrieved the package, loaded it with medical supplies, and sent the drone back to shore where it completed a similar delivery.

All the while, another drone operated by New Jersey-based Fovea Aero flew in formation with the delivery drone, filming the entire mission. This formation flight of two unmanned aircraft marked yet another first for United States civil drone operations.

Pentagon Performance Inc. (PPI), flight operations contractor for New Jersey UAS Test Site, oversaw the operation’s range safety and coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

"With an operation of this complexity, completing a task unprecedented in the realm of UAS, safety was of the utmost concern," said PPI CEO Anthony La Sure. "I’m extremely proud not only that our crew was able to maintain safe and sterile operations, but also that we were the first to secure the proper clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to carry out the operation in complete compliance with federal regulations."

The flights took place as part of the United Nations’ Drones in Disaster "Do Tank" event. The flights demonstrated unmanned aircraft systems’ (UAS) capabilities to assist in humanitarian disaster relief efforts to aid affected coastal areas that would otherwise be cut-off from aid.

"UAS has the potential to make this world a much safer place," said La Sure. "I’m glad that thanks to our close relationship with the FAA and Cape May County we were able to demonstrate that to the public in some of the busiest airspace in the nation. Full UAS integration into everyday aviation operations is our goal, and I believe we’ve taken another big step toward that goal here today."

On Tuesday the FAA made headway of its own, releasing new regulations for the operation of UAS under 55 pounds. These new rules outline refined processes and requirements for those desiring to operate small drones for commercial purposes. Once they come into effect, others will have the opportunity to follow in the historic footsteps left in the sands of Cape May on June 22.

Source:  Pentagon Performance
Associated URL: pentagonperformance.com
Source Date: June 27, 2016
Posted: 06/30/2016

 
 
PENTAGON PERFORMANCE PROVIDES RANGE SAFETY FOR HISTORIC DRONE FLIGHTS IN CAPE MAY
Monday, June 27, 2016

Source: Flirtey

CAPE MAY, N.J. - As scores of onlookers at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal gazed across the Delaware Bay on June 22, they bore witness to the first drone ship-to-shore package delivery in Unites States history.

Battling stiff winds, the unmanned aircraft, provided by the Nevada-based company Flirtey, departed from the coast carrying a package of medical samples toward a barge floating just past the opening of the Cape May Canal. The drone hovered over the craft, and used a clever winch system to lower the package onto the barge before landing.

The boat crew then retrieved the package, loaded it with medical supplies, and sent the drone back to shore where it completed a similar delivery.

All the while, another drone operated by New Jersey-based Fovea Aero flew in formation with the delivery drone, filming the entire mission. This formation flight of two unmanned aircraft marked yet another first for United States civil drone operations.

Pentagon Performance Inc. (PPI), flight operations contractor for New Jersey UAS Test Site, oversaw the operation’s range safety and coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

"With an operation of this complexity, completing a task unprecedented in the realm of UAS, safety was of the utmost concern," said PPI CEO Anthony La Sure. "I’m extremely proud not only that our crew was able to maintain safe and sterile operations, but also that we were the first to secure the proper clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to carry out the operation in complete compliance with federal regulations."

The flights took place as part of the United Nations’ Drones in Disaster "Do Tank" event. The flights demonstrated unmanned aircraft systems’ (UAS) capabilities to assist in humanitarian disaster relief efforts to aid affected coastal areas that would otherwise be cut-off from aid.

"UAS has the potential to make this world a much safer place," said La Sure. "I’m glad that thanks to our close relationship with the FAA and Cape May County we were able to demonstrate that to the public in some of the busiest airspace in the nation. Full UAS integration into everyday aviation operations is our goal, and I believe we’ve taken another big step toward that goal here today."

On Tuesday the FAA made headway of its own, releasing new regulations for the operation of UAS under 55 pounds. These new rules outline refined processes and requirements for those desiring to operate small drones for commercial purposes. Once they come into effect, others will have the opportunity to follow in the historic footsteps left in the sands of Cape May on June 22.

Source:  Pentagon Performance
Associated URL: pentagonperformance.com
Source Date: June 27, 2016
Posted: 06/30/2016

 
 
PENTAGON PERFORMANCE OVERSEES IMPROMPTU DISASTER SURVEY
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Source: Navmar Applied Sciences

LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Violent thunderstorms raged across southern New Jersey July 21, causing widespread power outages and wind damage. Winds whipped across the cape in excess of 80 miles per hour, downing trees and power lines, and ripping roofs off of buildings. When it came time to survey the extensive damage, Cape May County already had eyes in the sky.

The New Jersey Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Test Site was conducting flight operations of the largest civilian UAS ever flown by a United States test site this week from Cape May County Airport. The Aircraft, Navmar’s TigerShark, flew for more than seven hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The TigerShark has a wingspan of 22 feet and weighs in at more than 400 pounds. Capable of flying for 12 hours, the TigerShark has proven itself a reliable platform for military surveillance missions overseas.

The Test Site was conducting operations to train Navmar’s crew members and to test out a new high-resolution camera, but when the storms struck on the evening of June 21, a special opportunity presented itself. The Delaware River and Bay Authority took advantage of the craft, authorizing an aerial survey of the airport area to assess the damage left in the wake of the storm.

"We’ve always known of UAS’ potential to aid in disaster relief efforts," said Anthony La Sure, Range Safety Officer and Air Boss for the Test Site, "But this marks one of the first occasions where these capabilities have been demonstrated in a real-world scenario."

The high-resolution imagery gives officials a clearer picture of the damage, enabling them respond with a more efficient, coordinated effort to restore power, clean up the damage and make repairs.

"This is exactly the type of scenario we have in mind when we conduct our research and training," said La Sure. "It’s fortunate that when the storm struck, we already had the tools in place to aid in the recovery."

The New Jersey UAS Test Site, sponsored by the New Jersey Innovation Institute and La Sure’s own UAS company Pentagon Performance, conducts research and flight operations in conjunction with the FAA to further the push to integrate UAS into routine aviation operations across the country.

Source:  Pentagon Performance
Associated URL: PentagonPerformance.com
Source Date: June 23, 2016
Posted: 06/30/2016

 

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