Aviation safety experts focus on heliport safety, altitude integration, weather gathering and UAS

Last week more than 50 aviation safety professionals and leaders from industry and government came together in Washington DC for this year’s USHST Infrastructure Summit.

The summit is designed as an industry and government collaborative effort comprised of groups that are involved with; impacted by; have federal, state or local regulatory oversite, jurisdiction and/or enforcement of; or provide general advisory/council on:

  • Heliport Safety, Standardization, Education and Oversight
  • Low Altitude IFR Infrastructure Design and Integration
  • Aviation Weather Gathering, Dissemination and Reporting

“With all the current discussions on Capitol Hill about improving and upgrading the U.S.’s infrastructure, aviation absolutely must be a part of that discussion,” said Rex Alexander, one of the coordinators for the Summit. “A properly designed low-level infrastructure will be critical to providing a harmonious airspace for all of the current and future users looking to conduct business in the NAS. With the current and continued influx of UAS, drone and VTOL aircraft coming into the market, setting up a well thought out foundation now will be vital for ensuring safety and accessibility for all parties.”

Participants in this year’s summit included representatives from: Association of Air Medical Services, Association of Critical Care Transport, American Helicopter Society International, Airbus Helicopters, Air Medical Operators Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, American Society of Testing & Materials Int., Bell Helicopter, Boston MedFlight, Department of the Interior, Federal Aviation Administration, Helicopter Association International, HeliExperts International LLC, Hughes Aerospace Corp., Leonardo Helicopters, Levitate Capital, LifeFlight of Maine, Protean LLC, Maryland State Police Aviation Command, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National Center for Atmospheric Research, National EMS Pilots Association, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, Inc., Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics, Uber Technologies, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Helicopter Safety Team.

The original press release from United States Helicopter Safety Team and more information can be found here.

PACI as subcontractor to Battlespace Flight Services on 3-year Army RQ-7B Shadow NET contract

Praxis Aerospace Concepts Incorporated (PACInc) is pleased to announce a subcontract to Battlespace Flight Services on a three-year task order supporting the US Army Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office (TUAS PO) for RQ-7Bv2 Shadow New Equipment Training (NET).

As a part of the AASKI Technology, Inc.  team, we will support the Army and the Army National Guard in their transition from Shadow RQ-7Bv1 to RQ-7B-v2 systems at multiple locations throughout the United States.

“This is our first win with PACInc as a training and services company,” says Jonathan Daniels, Chief Executive Officer for PACInc, “We are very glad to start 2018 in such a strong manner and look forward to working with our teammates on this and other projects.”

The original and full article from AASKI can be found here.

PACI Expands Training with Acquisition of Unmanned Experts’ (UMEX) Training Portfolio

(January 7, 2018 – Henderson, NV)

Praxis Aerospace Concepts International (PACI), best known in the unmanned systems industry for its White Label™, Systems Reliability Analysis/Ranking™ and boutique consulting services, today announced that it has acquired the training portfolio of global UAS education leader Unmanned Experts, Inc (UMEX), complementing its own innovation initiatives to expand its current offerings and accelerate the roadmap for the PACI family of companies.

Keven Gambold, CEO for UMEX, commented “As UMEX shifts focus to its commercial flight operations and consultancy business lines, it is tremendous to know that our world-leading training capability is in the hands of experts in the unmanned community. Praxis continues to cut the cloth for UAS training and regulations in the US and abroad. We wish them every success.”

“UMEX’s suite of courseware and robust learning management system enhances PACI’s portfolio of multimodal robotics training,” added Jonathan Daniels, CEO for PACI. “Together with our recently updated public safety and military curriculum, the expanded portfolio completes our commercial product line by providing an unparalleled capacity with a decidedly international flair.”

Unmanned Experts’ products and capabilities, which include online and instructor-led courses on aviation fundamentals, Part 107 knowledge preparation, ICAO-compliant RPA instruction and telecommunications infrastructure specializations, strengthen PACI’s excellent reputation and portfolio of proprietary techniques, methods, procedures, and protocols. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

AUVSI Announces Trusted Operator Program (TOP)

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) today announced the appointment of leading industry stakeholders to serve on a steering committee and as brand ambassadors who will develop the Trusted Operator Program (TOP) for remote pilots and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training organizations.

The TOP, which AUVSI launched in November, is a UAS community initiative to facilitate best practices, codes of conduct and professionalism for operators of services provided by UAS, also known as drones.

PACI, an AUVSI organizational member, is a participant in both the Remote Pilots’ Council and the Trusted Operator Program. Our CEO was selected as the Chair of the TOP Steering Committee.

The original press release from AUVSI and more information can be found here.

Additional articles can be found on in Drone Life and in Aero-News Network.

Nevada developing global renown for drone research

Developing flight-time and education requirements is key to the future of the industry, said Art Eggers, applied technology professor at the College of Southern Nevada.

“We offer a two-year applied science degree in engineering technology,” Eggers said. “We are interested in potentially partnering with Nevada State to create a four-year degree. I can’t put everything into my two-year degree. If I can turn it into a three-plus-one (with Nevada State) … I can add those advanced elements as the technology grows and build it into a four-year degree program.”

Creating more internships is also essential for the industry to grow its workforce in the state, Jonathan Daniels, consultant, educator and researcher for Henderson-based Praxis Aerospace said.

“I’ve had nine interns, seven from UNLV and two from CSN, I love them, they’re my favorite people to work with,” Daniels said. “I was heartbroken when our top intern got pulled by NASA … We couldn’t talk her out of it — it was NASA!”

Nevada has developed a global reputation for its drone industry, Daniels said. “Some of that is tied to military, but in the last five years some of that has shifted toward commercial as well,” he said.

With that reputation and several other advantages the state offers, Daniels said there is no shortage of tech companies wanting to come here and test out their latest advancement.

“We have some great natural resources and weather here,” he said. “We also have some fantastic infrastructure related to wireless and our airports.”

Read the full article from the Las Vegas Sun here .

Public Safety New Partnership Focuses on Advancing UAS Ops for Public Safety Agencies

Praxis Aerospace International Corp. (PRACI) and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) have signed an agreement to provide joint services and products to further the adoption of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by public safety agencies.

This includes agency credentialing, policies and procedures, and advanced training support. The partners say they had been working toward the agreement since January.

Original article from Unmanned Aerial Online is here

Agreement Will Expand UAS Training, Credentialing To Public Safety Agencies Across The U.S.

An agreement between the Praxis Aerospace Concepts International Corporation (PACI) and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) will enhance the integration of Unmanned Aircraft / Aerial Systems (UAS) by public safety agencies.

The two parties agreed to provide joint services and products to public safety agencies in the U.S. and International airspace. The agreement is aimed at mutually beneficial areas of opportunities like credentialing of public safety agencies, UAS policies and procedures, and advanced training support. Under the agreement signed on June 30, both parties will also focus on developing training courses and identifying the necessary funding in support of public safety agencies.

Original article found here

Nevada Company Gets the OK for Class B Airspace Drone Flights

Praxis Aerospace Concepts International (PACI) has received authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations within Las Vegas’ Class B airspace.

The company says the new authorization allows it to provide drone services to a major metropolitan area, including over 125 square miles covering the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas.

The original and full article from Unmanned Aerial Online can be found here.

Once-abandoned Searchlight subdivision may soon be buzzing with drones

The once-abandoned subdivision off the side of U.S. Highway 95 is tucked out of view, but there isn’t much to see anyway — just some house-less streets next to a mile-long airstrip.

But in time, if Jonathan Daniels has his way, the property will be buzzing with drones.

Daniels, founder of Henderson-based Praxis Aerospace Concepts International, recently leased about an acre of land at the Searchlight Airpark for his drone-testing business.

He plans to start working from temporary trailers — the site has water and power hook-ups — by mid-May and eventually build a permanent facility. As part of his agreement with the property owner, Daniels also will manage the tower-less airport.

Original and full article from the Las Vegas Review Journal is available here.

PACI Contracted with NSTec for UTM and CUAS Technology Advancements

Praxis Aerospace Concepts International (PACI) has expanded their services from commercial to federal and signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Nevada National Security Site’s (NNSS) management and operating contractor, National Security Technologies (NSTec). With this CRADA, PACI has added a new division within that can handle federal accounts and services. With over four successful years of developing commercial endeavours, the team welcomes many opportunities with this expansion to the federal level.

In the past, PACI has made several notable contributions to the commercial world of aerospace, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and other robotics. Utilisation of this CRADA will allow PACI and the NNSS to collaborate on projects involving the development, operations, and integration of virtual hardware and software technology with unmanned aerial and ground systems. With the extensive knowledge, experience, and innovation found at PACI, the benefits will be mutually rewarding for all those involved. Focus will be on
advancing the processes and procedures, techniques, and infrastructure for near and far-reaching technologies. This will also include counter measures involving UAS, Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM), and Command and Control (C2) of Robotics.

The original and full article on sUASNews can be found here.