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May 17, 2016

FAA trials UAS detection system at JFK airport

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has tested a new drone detection system at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

By Lopamudra Roy

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has tested a new drone detection system at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

The trial was in response to complaints about unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) flying illegally in the vicinity of airports, including JFK.

FAA UAS Integration senior advisor Marke Gibson said: "We face many difficult challenges as we integrate rapidly evolving UAS technology into our complex and highly regulated airspace.

"This effort at JFK reflects everyone’s commitment to safety."

The US agency conducted tests to evaluate Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) UAS detection technology in a commercial airport environment.

"We look forward to supporting continued US Government efforts to identify and deploy countermeasures to neutralise the threat posed by rogue UAS."

A total of 40 separate tests were conducted during the trial, which saw particpation from five different rotorcraft and fixed wing drones.

The test expands on research conducted earlier this year at New Jersey’s Atlantic City International Airport.

Other agencies involved in the testing included the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Queens District Attorney, and Department of Justice.

Port Authority Aviation director Thomas Bosco said: "We applaud the FBI and FAA for their efforts to detect and track unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

"We look forward to supporting continued US Government efforts to identify and deploy countermeasures to neutralise the threat posed by rogue UAS."


Image: FAA tests FBI drone detection technology at JFK. Photo: courtesy of Joe Mabel / Wikipedia.

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