FAA Tests FBI Drone Detection System

2016-05-20

FAA Tests FBI Drone Detection System
The FAA has partnered with the FBI to test new a new drone detection system at JFK International Airport in New York.

In today’s announcement of the program, the FAA says that it is “expanding research on ways to detect ‘rogue drones around airports.” The tests are the latest of the agencys efforts to address what they perceive as a growing problem of drones flying in restricted airspace.

We face many difficult challenges as we integrate rapidly evolving UAS technology into our complex and highly regulated airspace, said Marke Hoot Gibson, FAA Senior Advisor on UAS Integration. This effort at JFK reflects everyones commitment to safety.

The FAA began testing the FBIs UAS detection system at JFK on May 2, performing about 40 separate tests including 5 different rotorcraft and fixed wing drones.

The FAAs announcement says that the JFK evaluation involved extensive government inter-agency collaboration, and cooperation from industry and academia. In addition to the FAA and the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice, Queens District Attorneys Office and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey all participated in the study. DHS and the FBI want to identify unauthorized UAS operators for law enforcement purposes, and the FAAs mission is to provide a safe and efficient airport environment for both manned and unmanned air traffic, says the FAA.

We applaud the FBI and FAA for their efforts to detect and track unmanned aerial systems (UAS), said Thomas Bosco, Port Authority Aviation Director. We look forward to supporting continued U.S. Government efforts to identify and deploy countermeasures to neutralize the threat posed by rogue UASs.

While the FAA points out that the FY 2016 Appropriations law mandates that the FAA continue research into drone detection around airports, the move follows the heavily publicized false report of a drone colliding with a passenger jet at Heathrow airport, which sparked new cries for more monitoring. Last week, the FAA withdrew a highly criticized plan for a public drone sightings website which would have allowed the public to report rogue drones.

Region:  USA and Canada
Contry:  USA
Category:  UAV


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