DJI has announced it is participating in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Unmanned Aircraft System Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP) at Memphis International Airport. In May 2018, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) was selected by the USDOT as one of 10 lead applicants to participate in the UAS IPP. The programme’s goal is to conduct advanced drone operations in selected airspaces to generate data and knowledge for future UAS policymaking. The Memphis IPP is focused on aircraft inspections, ramp security monitoring, and security/perimeter fence surveillance.
“Memphis International Airport and its partners continue to explore how drones can be safely and effectively utilized in our airspace,” said Scott Brockman, president and CEO of Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority. The Memphis UAS IPP programme is using DJI drones to explore the safety and efficiency benefits of small unmanned aircraft system applications at the airport through FedEx aircraft inspections, delivery of FedEx aircraft parts, airport perimeter security, and support of safety inspections.
“DJI is excited to show how drone technology can improve the safety and efficiency of operations, even at an airport,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI vice president of policy and legal affairs. “We’re pleased to support FedEx and the Memphis IPP as they collaborate to explore how drones can be used to benefit communities and major infrastructure.”
Other local IPP participants include the City of Memphis, Memphis Fire Department, Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics, FedEx, AirXOS, Measure, Avitas, and 901Drones.