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NUAIR, NYS to host upcoming public safety UAS summit

By Eric Reinhardt


A NUAIR drone sits at the New York UAS (uncrewed aircraft system) test site in Rome. NUAIR says the annual public-safety UAS summit is set for Aug. 16-17 in Oriskany and Rome. (PHOTO CREDIT: NUAIR)

ROME — NUAIR is set to host an upcoming UAS public-safety meeting a few months after hosting a committee meeting of ASTM International. 

The annual public safety UAS summit is scheduled for Aug. 16-17 in Oriskany and Rome. Both NUAIR and the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will host the event. 

UAS is short for uncrewed aircraft system. A UAS includes a drone and equipment used to control its flight. A drone is also referred to in the industry as an uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV).

Syracuse–based NUAIR is short for Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research. The nonprofit focuses on UAS operations, aeronautical research, safety management, and consulting services.

The first day of the summit will take place at the State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC) in Oriskany, NUAIR said. The day will include a series of presentations on key policy issues, case studies, and best practices concerning the use of UAS for public-safety operations. 

The event will also feature UAS demonstrations leveraging the grounds of the SPTC.

NUAIR will host the second day of the summit at Griffiss International Airport in Rome. NUAIR has arranged for top drone companies with the latest technologies developed specifically for public-safety operations to be on-site to showcase their products/services with live demonstrations.

ASTM International committee

NUAIR earlier this year hosted the June meeting of ASTM International’s “Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems” at the New York UAS test site in Rome. 

West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania–based ASTM International is a standards organization. 

The meeting, held between June 1 and June 3, included up to 100 international industry leaders in the UAS industry, focused on developing industry standards to advance the integration of UAS into the national airspace.

ASTM’s F38 committee addresses issues related to design, performance, quality acceptance tests, and safety monitoring for UAS. Stakeholders include manufacturers of UAS and their components, federal agencies, design professionals, professional societies, maintenance professionals, trade associations, financial organizations, and academia. 

More than 600 members are involved in this multinational initiative: all participating actively within a three-tiered subcommittee structure focusing on airworthiness, flight operations, and operator qualifications.

“NUAIR has had an active voice in ASTM International and many other UAS standards organizations for years, helping to develop the standards needed for safe, commercial drone operations,” Ken Stewart, CEO of NUAIR, said. “We are looking forward to hosting and taking part in the next ASTM International meeting at the New York UAS Test Site.”

One key standard that NUAIR has helped ASTM International establish was the small UAS (sUAS) parachute-recovery systems standard (ASTM F3322-18). NUAIR says it has validated multiple parachute-recovery systems on multiple drone platforms since the standard was published in late 2018. Having an sUAS parachute recovery system validated to the ASTM standard opens a “wide range” of commercial opportunities for companies by “enhancing their safety case” with the FAA when applying for their waiver to fly over people, according to NUAIR.                                                   

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