Commercial

Mitre Calls for Drone Pilots to Participate in CAASD Research

By S.L. Fuller | June 26, 2017

Photo: NATS

Photo courtesy of NATS

Mitre Corp. is calling for unmanned aircraft system pilots to assist with research, the company said. Mitre’s nonprofit Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD), which conducts research for the FAA, is seeking both commercial and recreational drone pilots.

CAASD plans to assess new technology and procedures, along with pilot roles and responsibilities. Pilot input is desired to help fully develop new concepts, Mitre said.

“The data collected during these studies is held in the strictest of confidence and is de-identified prior to analysis. The aggregate study data will be used to refine concepts and shape policy prior to implementation,” Mitre said. “As the ultimate end users of this technology, it is important to have pilot participation and input early in the concept development process. This helps to identify challenges and develop solutions to complex problems.”

To qualify for Mitre’s research project, pilots must have experience operating drones in the National Airspace System within the past six months. Part 101 and 107 operations are welcome. Those piloting fixed-wing, rotary-wing or multi-rotor drones could qualify.

Visit www.mitrecaasd.org/research/uas/ for more information and to sign up.

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