Aviation & Airspace
AggieAir is at the forefront of innovative UAS integration into the national airspace in safe and practical ways.
Airspace Integration: Safe & Practical
AggieAir has pioneered airspace integration techniques for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that are operating above 400 ft (121m) and up to 3,000 ft (914 m) above ground. We utilize manned aircraft radios to communicate with air traffic in a “mini ATC” where the pilot in charge (PIC) ensures the safety of both manned and unmanned aircraft. AggieAir has also integrated ADS-b into our system allowing for manned aircraft to be aware of the UAS and the ground control operator to see all ADS-b transponding aircraft.
FAA Certificates of Authorization
AggieAir has an unprecedented relationship with FAA, receiving certificates of authorization (COA) for a maximum altitude of 5,000 ft (1524 m) above ground, a maximum altitude of 11,000 ft (3,352 m) above sea level, and 3 COAs within five miles of general aviation airports one of which borders the end of the runway. We employ part 107 pilots for all flights and have a manned pilot who serves as our FAA liaison and Flight Director.
Beyond Line of Sight Operations
AggieAir believes that for UAS to truly become a useful tool for humankind, UAS must be able to fly beyond any operator or observer’s visual line of sight. AggieAir is systematically approaching this problem, engineering solutions for the technical, logistical, and regulatory challenges. Our philosophy is to build on manned aircraft and aerospace standards to engineer UAS that surpass safety standards for instrument rated flights of manned aircraft thus opening the way for beyond line of sight USA operations.