VIPC’s Virginia Unmanned Systems Center sponsors the First UAS Integrated FLY-In at the 95th Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia

WInchester, Virginia, April 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VIPC’s Virginia Unmanned Systems Center and a coalition of public and private sector leaders from DroneUp, ATA, Ecodyne and the City of Winchester hosted a “Fly- In” at the 95th Annual Apple Blossom Festival.

Featured in the demonstration was the Commonwealth’s Virginia Flight Information Exchange platform (VA FIX) that integrates environmental sensors, meteorological sensors, data streams, operating platforms and monitoring technologies through a public platform for safe and efficient simultaneous operations of UAS systems public safety agencies, commercial operators and hobbyists. This demonstration marks the first time this type of simultaneous integration and operation of UAS systems has occurred in the United States.

“The Apple Blossom Fly-In is a demonstration of the Virginia Department of Aviation’s commitment to affordable and accessible public services that support Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and the UAS industry,” said Greg. Campbell, director of the Virginia Department of Aviation. By conducting “high” density, multi-operator operations safely in close proximity through public information sharing, the team leverages a public event to foster public dialogue, awareness and support for an industry in full growth that creates 21st century economic development, jobs and opportunity in Virginia. As a result of this exercise, the community of Winchester acquired “left behind” infrastructure, making it one of the first “Drone Ready” communities in America.

Participants in the event included: The City of Winchester provided ground, weather and environmental sensor data configuration and Winchester Regional Airport provided manned aircraft location data. Echodyne provided radar data on drone positions and Aloft provided integration into B4UFLY for public and private operator awareness. DroneUp led the commercial food delivery effort while ATA, DOAV’s technology partner for VA-FIX, serves as integrator while several private and public operators provided other flight services during the event.

“The Apple Blossom Fly-In is another example of what is possible through public and private partnerships,” said Tracy Tynan, director of Virginias Unmanned Systems Center at VIPC. “The unmanned systems industry is growing. Winchester’s success is helping us better understand what a Drone ready community must succeed as Commonwealth communities prepare for the future.”

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  • Virginia Festival offers a demonstration of UAS technology with DroneUp, ATA, Ecodyne and DOAV.

  • Virginia Festival offers a demonstration of UAS technology with DroneUp, ATA, Ecodyne and DOAV.

Angela Costello
Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC)
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