WICOMICO COUNTY EXECUTIVE
OFFICE OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE
125 NORTH DIVISION STREET
SALISBURY, MARYLAND 21801
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: March 4, 2020
SBY Regional Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems – Autonomous Innovation Center (AIC)
On January 27, 2020 the Wicomico County Executive hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony in the SBY-Ocean City-Wicomico Regional Airport John Hall Passenger Lounge. The occasion marked the new UAS facility on track to open in mid-summer 2020. The 6800 square foot facility will provide a platform for UAS operators to accelerate their projects into commercial services. Currently, FAA offers a “Waiver” based process (Certificate of Authorization) for UAS to operate which is a very timely and laborious process. Currently, the FAA does not require UAS to have, for the most part, an Experimental, or a Type Certificate or a Production Certificate, as they do traditional aircraft to operate in the National Airspace System (NAS). Currently, the FAA does not require a commercial operating certificate under FAR 135/121 for the commercial services being provided.
SBY-Ocean City-Wicomico Regional Airport will have all of the facilities for you to test, develop and obtain your type certificated UAS or component right here. We have a flight test area to accommodate all types of testing from frequency spectrum testing, to aircraft certification testing for full autonomous aircraft as well as land and sea vehicles.
We have a state-of-the-art command center that is plug-in and play using Sentinel Robotics Solutions (SRS) flight management services. ATCT communications and procedures are developed to ensure the safest and most efficient flights for our customers. We currently have CONOPS for aircraft operations and are working to develop our Unmanned Traffic Management CONCOPS. We have a 50’ antenna tower adjacent to the facility for your BVLOS equipment or you can use our services.
If you are a component manufacture and don’t manufacture drones, send your components to SBY UAS AIC. We can test your component, our Kilroy engineers can certify it for use on an aircraft of any kind, and we can ship it back to you with your data and FAA approvals
Initially, there will be 31 nm of UAS connecting corridors for BVLOS operations outside of Class D airspace. The UAS Flight Corridors will have initially a 15nm corridor from SBY to R6604, a 9 nm corridor from SBY to Crisfield Airport and a 7nm corridor from Crisfield Airport to R6604. Once in R6604 the
airspace will be designated as “UAS Flights In Use.” Operations permits can be obtained from NASA for
access to Warning area W-386. Here a multitude of mission sets can be executed.
Come see us at the AUVIS XPONENTIAL 2020 in Boston May 4-7, 2020. Join a great Team of