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Breaking News … CMC UAS Working Groups go forward with missions in Energy/Utilities, Maritime, Emergency Management & C-UAS - Learn More

Cape May County/NJ Team

        In early 2017, Cape May County and numerous innovaters formed a Team to apply for the Integration Pilot Program (IPP) announced by the White House and administered by the FAA and federal DOT. They formed Working Groups in various areas of expertise and met frequently to develop mission sets responsive to the program's objectives. Several Working Groups found their work together sufficiently valuable to commence their Teaming Arrangements on their own. The original Working Groups were as follows:

        Going forward, current Working Groups are identified in gray in the chart below.  The "Actions" column identifies continuing missions.  These include proposed proofs of concept and flight trials that will yield data relevant to the FAA's integration determination.

Cape May County/NJ Team
        The Cape May County/NJ Team has unique breadth and depth, and a strong collegiality.  Most Team Members participate regularly in the County’s monthly regional UAS Innovation Forums.

KEY to following Chart:  Grey bar identifies Working Group

  • Left column = activity(ies) proposed by Working Group
  • Center column = waivers/exemptions required to accomplish mission(s);  hazard + risk mitigation strategies will be presented for all
  • Right column = how activities advance IPP objectives, and other special notes
WORKING GROUP 1:  UAS in ENERGY/UTILITY Critical Infrastructure
Members:  ACCC, AeroDefense, American Aerospace Technologies, American Petroleum Institute, AmWater, CellTrack, Colonial Pipeline, County and Municipal 1st Responders, Harris, Monroe Energy, NARTP, NJ DOT, NJ OHSP, NJ State Police (Air Ops), OneSky (AGI), Pepco Holdings, Sky Scape Industries, Skyward (A Verizon Company), Stockton, Thales, USCG (Sector Delaware Bay)

1: Routine inspections
a) Facilities
b) Distribution networks (e.g., pipelines and power lines)

  • BVLOS (Actions 1, 2)
  • Flights over people (Actions 1, 2)
  • Flights at night (Actions 1, 2)
  • Multi-vehicle ops (Actions 1, 2)
  • Airspace:  Access to Phila Class B Airspace (Actions 1, 2) and Atlantic City Class C Airspace (Actions 1, 2)
Permission to use Counter-UAS at Woodbine Airport (KOBI) during Drill (Action 3)

Advances IPP objectives by providing data re (a) all flight activity for which waivers are sought;  (b) flights in Class B and C airspace, (c) use of Counter-UAS at non-towered airport, and (d) feasibility of providing safe, scalable UAS operations in energy and utility sectors, and reducing damage to life and property in emergency situations.

Team evolved extensive white paper; sections will serve as industry manual.  Data collection flights are planned for late Summer at (1) Woodbine Airport (KOBI) and (2) Delaware River site where fuels are moved + stored near Class B airspace at Phila Int’l Airport.

US Coast Guard (Sector Delaware Bay) and NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness will support.

2: Emergency Ops after natural or man-made disasters – inspect and respond to events such as spills, leaks, floods and fires

3: Counter-UAS component in Actions 1 and 2 – track permitted drones, and track unwanted drones + locate their operator(s)
Members:  ACCC, AGI OneSky, AirMap, American Aerospace, CellTrack, Harris, NARTP, NJ State Police (Marine Bureau), Rutgers, Sky Scape Industries, Skyward (a Verizon Company), Stockton, Thales, USCG (Sector Delaware Bay)
1. USCG Vessel-to-Vessel Delivery, and Shore-to-Vessel Delivery, with Counter-UAS component and utilizing air management tools with enhanced connectivity
  • BVLOS (Actions 1, 2)
  • Flights at night (Actions 1, 2)
  • Multi-vehicle ops (Actions 1, 2)
  • Flights over people (Actions 1, 2)
  • Possible Pt 135 waiver/ exemption for BVLOS delivery (Action 1)
Advances IPP objectives by providing data re (a) all flight activity for which waivers are sought; (b) shoreline/off-shore use of Counter-UAS; (c) feas-ibility of air management tools guiding UAS activity over water; and (d) inter-operability of air management systems over waterWill enhance life-saving opportunities + enable 1st Responder activity that cannot reasonably be accomplished by other means.
2. NJSP Marine Bureau delivery of life preservers to distressed vessels
Members:  ACCC, AirMap, American Aerospace Technologies, County 1st responders, Harris, NARTP, NJ DOT, NJSP, NJIT/NJII, Rowan, Rutgers, Stockton, Sky Scape Industries, Skyward, USCG, Verizon
1. 1st Responder tools for situational awareness and recovery efforts (e.g., restoration of cell coverage, bridge assessments)
  • BVLOS (Actions 1, 3)
  • Flights over people (Action 2)
  • Flights at night (Actions 2, 3)
  • Multi-vehicle ops (Actions 1, 2, 3)
Advances IPP objectives by providing data re (a) all flight activity for which waivers are sought;  (b) airspace management in time-urgent situations;  and (c) exercise of emergency COA functions under Public Use COA, in conjunction with FAA SGI office.  All missions enhance protection of lives and property, and decrease labor requirements.  At sites with public infrastructure (bridges, roads, ports), use of UAS will permit activity that cannot reasonably be accomplished by other means.
2. Traffic monitoring, response and accident reconstruction
3. USCG post-disaster port access support, habitat monitoring, coastal monitoring and mapping
WORKING GROUP 4:  Additional COUNTER-UAS Testing
Members:  Aerodefense, American Aerospace Technologies, NARTP, NJ DOT, NJ OHSP, Rutgers, USCG
Inspection and monitoring of (a) critical State infrastructure including buildings, highways and bridges, and (b) targeted private facilities (windfarms and amusement parks)
  • Flights over people
  • Flights at night
  • Multi-vehicle ops
  • Airspace waiver:  Limited use of C-UAS at non-towered airport (KOBI)

Advances IPP objectives by providing data re safety and feasibility of use of C-UAS at critical infrastructure to ensure safe drone flight.

Passive RF system complies w/FAA, FCC and DOJ regulations.  NJ DOT will provide labor expertise (e.g., bridge inspectors) and will “lend” State sites + facilities for data collection flights.  UTM component will be chosen from among existing Team members.
FOOTNOTE re BVLOS:  All ops proposed to be conducted beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) will aid IPP objectives by demonstrating advanced safety cases on missions of high relevance while also demonstrating cost and operational efficiencies.  Where appropriate, Teams also will demonstrate scalability.  ConOps for BVLOS flights are expected to include multiple flights during relevant trial period (e.g., one flight per week over a three-month period).  The test range area is diverse (from rural to populous, with short and long range options for flights), and provides a diverse set of industry use cases.  All flight data and safety case data will be reported to the FAA in a manner usable in a data-driven consideration of the BVLOS safety case.


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