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Leidos Drone Service Partners With BNSF Railway in Line-of-Sight Testing

By S.L. Fuller | March 20, 2017
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Leidos Flight Service’s UAS Notification Service is in the process of incremental implementation, Leidos said. Kicked off last September with testing as part of the FAA’s beyond-line-of-sight UAS Pathfinder Program, the service is currently being used for drone operations over sections of BNSF Railway tracks in New Mexico.

The Leidos system sends automatic notifications of drone operations to relevant groups. Operators filed flight plans in the internet-based service, and the system generates and sends all required notifications, including to applicable military personnel, a Notice to Airmen and to general aviation pilots that plan to fly in the same area of operation as the drone.

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"Our Flight Service program provides a range of safety-oriented services to more than 80,000 members of the general aviation community across the country each week. This UAS notification and deconfliction service broadens that safety mission by providing pilots with the information needed to avoid conflicts as more and more unmanned aircraft take to the skies," said Paul Engola, SVP of transportation and financial solutions at Leidos Civil Group. "We will continue to develop concepts and capabilities that enable safe integration of UAS into the airspace."

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