Drumming Up the Drone Deliverance

Kevin Shaker_65 x 85Drones_070616By Kevin Shaker, Analyst

Drone technology continues to whir up around government and the private sector, with recent developments addressing how the devices collect information. Drone developers have several opportunities getting ready for take-off at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Interior (DOI).

The most recent update was on June 21, when for the first time ever, the FAA passed a large-scale referendum that includes rules on where commercial drones can operate. The mandate prohibits commercial drones from operating more than 400 feet in altitude, within 400 feet of tall buildings, and past sunset. Organizations that use drones will have to abide by the FAA guidelines.

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NextGen Takes Off

Kevin Shaker_65 x 85by Kevin Shaker, Analyst, Market Intelligence

In FY15, the President requestedNextGen Implementation $3.3B for IT operations at Department of Transportation (DOT), with a whopping 88% dispensed to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The remaining budget, just under $400 million, is left to be distributed amongst other DOT agencies and headquarters. This means that you’ll definitely want to focus on the FAA within the Department of Transportation. There are several opportunities awaiting within the NextGen projects and it’s a great time to get your company involved with the DOT’s IT plans.

Most opportunities applicable to the FAA are found within the NextGen project, which is the agency’s initiative to modernize how the U.S. engages air travel. No matter what your company sells to the government, you may find opportunities within the NextGen project — having an entire R&D portfolio containing more than $160 million in pure development funding.

Here are some important projects you’ll want to familiarize yourself with in FY15:

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Data Services Opportunity at the FAA

Mohamad Elbarasse_headshot_7-23-2013_For WordPressby Mohamad ElbarasseAnalyst

The FAA released an RFI for data services under the Aeronautical Communication Services (ACS) contract on June 10. The solicitation calls out services supporting the exchange of data between various FAA systems and facilities. Responses are due on July 10, 2014.

The contract would support the transfer of data products to and from the following networks and systems:

  • National Airspace Data Interchange Network (NADIN)
  • Tower Data Link Services (TDLS)
  • Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS)
  • Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures (ATOP)
  •  Dynamic Oceanic Tracking System (DOTS)
  • Meteorological Data Collection and Reporting System (MDCRS)

The prospective vendor would be required to comply with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Addressing Standards, FAA Procedures, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements as needed.

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