Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership

On December 30, 2013 the FAA announced that the Virginia/New Jersey team known as the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) has been selected as one of six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites to support integration of UAS into the national airspace system.  Led by Virginia Tech, the team including Rutgers University, University of Maryland and more than 35 team members spanning academia, government, industry, economic development and research parks will collaborate and partner to provide coordinated research and testing.

The MAAP team is aligned to one mission – the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System (NAS).  MAAP’s strategy is to focus on the upfront research and Development and pre-flight test and evaluation, using the FAA’s own modernization processes as a model.  Flight operations will only be undertaken after MAAP has verified that UAS safety and reliability.  Flight operations are an incremental process that gradually increases distance, altitude, speed, duration, and complexity of each test flight with initial flights limited to restricted areas to manage risk.

For more information on MAAP, contact Jon Greene, interim executive director at 540-231-8566 or greenej@vt.edu