Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program
In October of 2017, the President of the United States announced the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program. This program called upon state, local and tribal government agencies to partner with private industry, to develop and test ways to further advance the operation of UAS in the national airspace system. Specific focus would be on flight over people, flight beyond visual line of sight, night operations, and any other complex operation that would currently require special permission through the FAA’s waiver process.
Over 150 applications were submitted for consideration in the FAA’s program. On May 9th 2018, the FAA announced the 10 selectees for the program. The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, which the Tennessee Department of Transportation has partnered with, was selected to participate in the program. The MSCAA has assembled a strong team of partners from within the UAS and aviation industries. TDOT looks forward to working with, and supporting the MSCAA over the 3 year program duration.
A complete list of all 10 selectees can be found by clicking here.