Golden Triangle Airport Works with ASSUREuas, the FAA's Center for Excellence for UAS to Increase Airport Safety
May 23, 2018
Photo by Golden Triangle Regional Airport
“Our first thought was to use the drone to chase birds off the runway and away from the airfield,” says Executive Director Mike Hainsey. “It was very effective in that role, but we soon found there were many more uses for it.”
In addition to wildlife control, the airport started testing the drone in various roles, including perimeter patrols, inspection of the fence and gates and facility inspections including roofs and other hard to reach areas.
Deputy Director Matt Dowell operates the airport’s drone. Already a flight instructor, he obtained his UAS operator’s license and immediately started working with the FAA and local air traffic controllers to obtain the required approvals to fly on and around the airport. Once that was obtained, he flew several test flights to ensure the drone was useful in all of the planned areas.
“It worked great,” said Dowell. “We’ve been able to prove the use of drones at airports is an effective way to improve safety. It’s just another tool in our kit to ensure a safe operation at GTR.”
The airport will continue to find new and better ways to use the drones by working with the FAA’s Center of Excellence for UAS at Mississippi State University as well as several national organizations promoting drone usage.
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