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Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Sends Letter to FAA in Support of UAS Traffic Management Pilot Program in Upstate New York

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Washington, September 10, 2018 | comments

Washington, DC—Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22), along with eight of her colleagues, sent a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) in support of the application by the New York UAS Test Site (NYUASTS) for the Federal Aviation Administration Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Pilot Program (UPP) Demonstration.

“As the premier UAS test site, Griffiss and our region have the talent and infrastructure necessary to fully support and execute the mission of the Pilot Program Demonstration. Securing the designation for the UPP site will bolster our Upstate economy and attract jobs to our area. I urge the FAA to consider Upstate New York for this important designation and I look forward to working alongside Reps. Kakto and Stefanik throughout the process,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney.

Throughout Rep. Tenney’s time in Congress, she had been a fierce advocate for binging investments and projects to Rome, NY. She recently sent a letter to President Trump, FAA, and DOT in support of New York’s application for the FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP).

 

Text of Letter:

September 7, 2018

 

The Honorable Daniel K. Elwell

Acting Administrator

Federal Aviation Administration

800 Independence Avenue SW

Washington DC  20591

 

 

Steve Bradford

Office of the Chief Scientist for NextGen

Federal Aviation Administration

800 Independence Avenue SW

Washington DC  20591

 

Dear Administrator Elwell and Chief Scientist Bradford,

 

We write to you in support of the application by the New York UAS Test Site (NYUASTS) and Texas UAS Test Site (TXUASTS) (the “Team”) for the Federal Aviation Administration Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Pilot Program (UPP) Demonstration.  Through this program, these test sites will leverage their significant experience of almost five years collaborating with NASA, the FAA, and UAS industry stakeholders in the development of a UTM Research Platform (URP) and further exploration of how an operational UTM system can enable access for sUAS into the Very Low Level (VLL) airspace in a safe, efficient, and effective manner.

As put forth in the proposal, operations and testing will take place at both the New York and Texas UAS Test Sites and will include:

  • Testing and evaluation of situational awareness data between the FAA, state entities, and UTM operators and vendors;
  • Multiple vendors supporting UTM initial operations; and
  • UAS operations with information sharing between other UAS operators and the FAA. 

 

The three scenarios proposed include:

 

  1. Use Case #1:  Visual Line Of Sight (VLOS) and Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) Operation in Uncontrolled Airspace – three entities over two events, being an off road race and cattle operations
  2. Use Case #2:  Dynamic Restrictions in Uncontrolled Airspace – four entities operating small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) and manned aircraft for four different mission intents, with the airspace cleared for purposes of finding a fictional lost hiker.
  3. Use Case #3: Dynamic Restriction in Controlled Airspace:  four entities operating sUAS and manned aircraft for four different missions, with cleared airspace for the purposes of fighting a fictional brush fire.

 

Building on extensive NASA experience, this team will develop performance requirements and support industry consensus standards for UTM implementation.  The team leads in both air traffic management (ATM) and UTM airspace integration research activities as shown by:

 

  • Significant aviation flight test experience – among the first to measure UTM performance with the NASA UTM solutions; and
  • Proven experience with FAA, NASA, and FEMA with the team’s demonstrated efficiency, safety, and success of UTM research activities.

 

Congress recognized the impact that the UPP will have in operationalizing UTM. Achieving this means fielding systems on a path to certification and commercialization, with commercial potential to perform with civil aircraft.  The team’s depth of experience supports “operationalizing” – and identification of services, roles and responsibilities, information architecture, data exchange protocols, software functions, infrastructure and performance requirements for UAS operations in uncontrolled Very Low Level airspace.

 

These testing capabilities are supported by the states of New York and Texas, and are strategic to accelerate the use of commercial sUAS. Building upon significant state investments into both tests sites, this important research and development will create substantial commercial opportunity.

 

The proven track record of the New York and Texas test sites in concert with the significant State investment in building and creating the assets and facilities the UPP UTM project requires, the diversity and broad range of research, industry leading private sector partners, and diverse geography distinguish this application.

 

The New York and Texas UAS Test Sites are ready and fully capable of successfully executing the mission of the UPP.  The New York Test Site has flown over 3,100 test flights of which 199 were part of NASA’s UTM test flights and the remainder were with Fortune Top 50 companies.  The FAA has granted Special Airworthiness Certification (Experimental) to the NUAIR team. The combined research experience and capacity of Syracuse University and Texas A&M University further enhances the strength of the proposal. 

 

The NUAIR Alliance, which operates and manages the UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York, is a key partner in this initiative.  Winning the designation for the UPP will directly strengthen our ability to attract new jobs to New York and further incent resident firms to expand.

 

We respectfully and enthusiastically recommend that the New York – Texas proposal be given due consideration and successful selection for the UPP program.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

 

__________________________                                                                __________________________

John Katko                                                                                                         Michael Cloud

Member of Congress                                                                                      Member of Congress

 

 

 

 

__________________________                                                                __________________________

Elise M. Stefanik                                                                                              Claudia Tenney                                                

Member of Congress                                                                                      Member of Congress

 

 

 

 

__________________________                                                                __________________________

Brian Babin                                                                                                        Lamar Smith

Member of Congress                                                                                      Member of Congress

 

 

 

 

__________________________                                                                __________________________

Michael McCaul                                                                                               Randy Weber                                                    

Member of Congress                                                                                      Member of Congress


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