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FAA, Partners Conduct UAS Detection Tests at JFK Airport

AirportRunwayThe Federal Aviation Administration has collaborated with several other agencies and academic and commercial organizations to test an unmanned aircraft system detection technology at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.

FAA said Tuesday it aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an FBI-provided “rogue” UAS detector system in some of the busiest commercial airports in the U.S.

“We face many difficult challenges as we integrate rapidly evolving UAS technology into our complex and highly regulated airspace,” noted Marke Gibson, an FAA senior adviser on UAS integration.

“This effort at JFK reflects everyone’s commitment to safety,” Gibson added.

The departments of Homeland Security and Justice as well as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Queens District Attorney’s Office supported the FAA tests.

FAA noted the Griffiss International Airport in Rome, New York, helped the agency plan the individual tests at JFK and provided a flight commander for the effort, which involved the use of five fixed-wing and rotary-wing drones.

The agency also partnered with CACI International to explore how a company-made technology can facilitate  identification and detection of drones flying near airports.

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