Airspace Link Partners with City of Arlington on Safer, Scalable Drone Solutions

Airspace Link Partners with City of Arlington, TX for Safer, Scalable Drone Solutions

Airspace Link, Inc., a leading provider of mapping software and drone solutions based in Detroit, has announced its partnership with the city of Arlington, Texas to pilot its new FlySafe program, powered by the platform. -AirHub ™ shape.

The city of Arlington has been at the forefront of drone innovation and will be the first in Texas to launch its premium FlySafe website with Airspace Link. The Arlington FlySafe website will allow residents and visitors to quickly understand FAA drone rules, local advisories, ground hazards, and additional information to help them plan safer and more compliant flights when operating at Arlington.

“We continue to explore the benefits drones can offer our community, from economic development to public safety, and we are excited to unlock new benefits for our residents through this pilot project,” said Alicia Winkelblech, AICP , Senior Strategic Initiatives Officer for the City of Arlington.

Arlington has already begun to realize these benefits for public safety initiatives within its police department, by increasing the number of officers trained to operate drones. In September, infrared video from a city-owned drone helped police determine that a wanted man on a rooftop was unarmed, leading to a peaceful surrender. Drones can also support the service in search and rescue operations.

“We have already seen the use of drones within our department helping to ensure the safety of our officers while increasing efficiency and speed of response in some cases. The deployment of this program will support the recreational and commercial use of drones in the region with additional safeguards to alert the public to police drone activity to increase safety on both sides, ”said Lt. Neal Landfield, Aviation Unit Program Manager for the Arlington Police Department.

Arlington has also benefited as a member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) as he has worked to deploy initiatives to advance advanced air mobility integrations. The NCTCOG has always championed the safety of drone operations. The NCTCOG reached an agreement with NASA in May 2021 to study the potential of drone technology and integrate it into future transport plans. In a joint statement, the teams said NASA will work with the NCTCOG and a group of public and private sector partners to study cargo drones and automated air taxis in a series of at least four future workshops.

“It is clear that drones are evolving rapidly, and it is important to prepare for this increase. We are delighted to see Arlington launch this pilot program to help support and continue operations in the region, especially as we are looking to test Beyond Visual Line of Advanced Sight Operations (BVLOS). The partnership with Airspace Link will help support the safety and effectiveness of these programs in order to maintain the region’s leadership in this space with a positive impact on communities Said Ernest Huffman, program manager of the Aviation Planning and Education Zone program at NCTCOG.

“We are delighted to continue to work with Airspace Link to build the digital infrastructure to support these operations and future ones,” said Huffman.

“We have been working in the region for some time as part of the North Texas UAS pilot program to enable safer drone operations today while laying the groundwork for forward operations in the future. Proper preparation for increased operations is imperative to ensuring the infrastructure can support the safe deployment of this new dimension of mobility in the skies, and we look forward to partnering with Arlington to help them lead the way, ”said Michael Healander, CEO of Airspace Link.

Airspace Link will also join the NCTCOG at its December ‘Know B4 You Fly Your Drone’ workshop to help train pilots in the region to use the AirHub ™ platform to increase situational awareness and safety during the flight. planning their drone operations.

About Airspace Link, Inc:

Airspace Link’s vision is to create a world where the safe integration of drones fuels human progress, advancing social equity, the environment and the economy. Founded in Detroit in 2018 by CEO Michael Healander, Airspace Link is one of the few UAS service providers approved by the FAA for Low Altitude Clearance and Notification (LAANC) capability. Airspace Link’s cloud platform, built on Esri’s GIS technology, provides the digital infrastructure required to support the safe use of recreational and commercial drone use in large-scale communities, supporting growth drone operations, drone service providers, drone manufacturers, package delivery and air taxi deployment in the future.

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