SkyVision airspace provide our teammates a variety of diverse, variable-altitude, over-land interactions to increase knowledge and confidence in UAS operations. The intent is to provide users a path to test operations based on performance-based standards to support advanced missions such as: night, over humans, and/or “beyond visual line of sight” (BVLOS).The airspaces integrate advanced technologies, personnel, and processes following a linked maturity-complexity and risk model that ties data and demonstrated performance to the minimum operational performance requirements and operating environment for emerging operations. The three independent FAA radar sites allow for entities who wish to fly at Springfield an additional risk mitigation by utilizing an air traffic management system to test and train on new UAS platforms in the NAS with the potential to operate Beyond Visible Line of Sight (BVLOS).
General - An entity seeking to
use SkyVision services to assist with the deconfliction of aircraft, at or
above 1000 AGL, in the defined SkyVision area begins by contacting the UASC.
The appropriate method(s) of accessing the NAS are identified and any
approvals from the FAA are acquired. Coordination by the UASC, the entity and
the Springfield-Beckley Airport will then be completed to operate in the
Option 1 (Long Term
– The entity contacting the UASC is seeking to perform R&D and does not
have the appropriate approval for NAS access. The UASC has a set of
pre-qualified vendors that the entity could choose from for services for FAA
review (333/2210/347 or 107 waiver). Once the documents are developed and
approved by the FAA, the entity can access the NAS using SkyVision services.
Option 2 (Short Term
The entity contacting the UASC seeking to operate using SkyVision does not
have the appropriate approval to access the NAS. AFRL wants to examine the
“state-of-the-art” purpose of the entity’s access. The entity enters into a
MOA with the UASC to use the UASC CRADA and the entity coordinates with AFRL
to access the NAS with AFRL’s COA. With AFRL’s approval, the entity can
access SkyVision services.
Option 3 (Long Term
R&D Established Program) - The entity contacting the UASC wishes to
operate using SkyVision and the entity has the appropriate documents for NAS
access. With the approved documents from the FAA, the entity can access the
NAS using SkyVision services.
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