FAA Assess Drone Detection Systems at Dallas Forth-Worth Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) along with its partners will carry out detection research on unmanned aircraft (UAS) this week, better known as drones, at Dallas / Forth Worth International (DFW) Airport.

The detection system evaluation started in February 2016 and the DFW evaluation is the latest in this series. Earlier evaluation took place at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Atlantic City International Airport, Helsinki Finland Airport, Eglin Air Force Base and Denver International Airport.

Drones are known to pose serious safety threats as and when they enter the airspace around airports. The FAA has coordinated with industry and government agencies to test technologies that can be used to detect drones around airport area.

The efforts made by FAA complies with congressional language directing to assess UAS detection systems important infrastructure sites and at airports.

At DFW, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi UAS test site multiple drones are used for flight operations. Gryphon Sensors is the industry partner who has participated in the project. The drone detection technologies from the company includes radio frequency, radar and electro-optical systems.

Other agencies that have partnered with FAA in its drone detection evaluation effort include:

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

  • The Department of Defense

  • The Department of Homeland Security

  • Customs and Border Protection

  • The Federal Communications Commission

  • The US Capitol Police

  • The US Secret Service

  • The Bureau of Prisons

  • The Department of Justice

  • The Department of Energy

  • The Department of Interior and

  • The Department of Transportation

This work is part of the Pathfinder Program from the FAA for UAS detection at airports.

These assessments will provide FAA with all the information to form a minimum performance standards for any UAS detection technology that will be installed and used in and around US airports.

These standard will enable to form a consistent and safe approach to detect UAS.

Technology brings in new things and makes our life easier in some way. After some time, we find some problem associated with that technology, and we are made to come out with another technology to remove that problem. Same is the case with these flying machines that we have created, known as Drones.

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