Detroit’s Airspace Link Expands Drone Operations System

Detroit’s Airspace Link Inc., a provider of drone flight authorization and management solutions, will launch its new Fly-Safe program that helps local drone pilots fly safely under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines.
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A drone flying alone a row of powerlines against a sunset lit sky.
Johns Creek, Ga. is partnering with Detroit’s Airspace Link Inc. to launch the company’s new Fly-Safe program that helps local drone pilots fly safely under FAA guidelines. // Courtesy of Airspace Link

Detroit’s Airspace Link Inc., a provider of drone flight authorization and management solutions, will launch its new Fly-Safe program that helps local drone pilots fly safely under Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines.

The national rollout begins with Johns Creek, a municipality in Georgia, which will launch the Fly-Safe program by integrating FAA data with the city’s interactive mapping services, giving drone pilots the ability to safely fly in the community by ensuring they avoid ground hazards and areas with high population densities.

“The project will be the first in the southeast to provide this interactive tool for safe drone operations in our community,” says Nick O’Day, chief data officer for Johns Creek. “Airspace Link’s technology makes it really easy for drone pilots (commercial and recreational) to get FAA clearance before they fly while also helping keep people safe on the ground.”

In Fly-Safe, drone pilots obtain flight authorizations within controlled airspace through Airspace Link’s AirHub platform, a geographic information system (GIS)-based digital mapping system. The AirHub platform will be available for drone pilots to access on the city website.

“Airspace Link’s solution enables the safe integration of drones into the national airspace as well as local communities,” says Lisa Peterson, vice president of business development at Airspace Link. “By working with the city of Johns Creek, we’re enabling a program designed with safety first and we’re helping the community prepare for scalable, advanced, commercial, and recreational drone operations.”

Advanced drone operations in Johns Creek could one day include drone-based delivery of goods to residents. Several other cities in the United States are researching these kinds of operations using Airspace Link’s technology and are helping the FAA understand what works for communities. A future phase of this partnership could involve Johns Creek, the Atlanta Regional Commission, and local businesses working together with Airspace Link to determine what future drone operations might look like in Atlanta.

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