Aviation Innovation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Thursday, October 08, 2020: 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Administrator Jeffrey DeCarlo is the leading aviation authority for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, reporting directly to the Secretary of Transportation. In this leadership role, he will describe the steps that the Commonwealth is taking to enable new air operations and support technological innovators. In particular, Dr. DeCarlo will review the changing landscape of aviation, with the introduction of regular UAS operations and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) concepts. For UAS, Dr. DeCarlo will build upon remarks that Dr. Scott Uebelhart gives describing how MassDOT is leading Commonwealth agencies in defining the use of UAS for public operations. The push to expand UAS operations into beyond visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) missions is in response to the strong need for BVLOS capability in order to support many transportation use cases such as emergency response or long-distance inspection of rail or highway assets. The Commonwealth is preparing to work with federal partners and with MassAutonomy – an industry-created non-profit – to provide increased support for UAS test and evaluation facilities. This partnership with MassAutonomy can foster stronger relationships between Commonwealth agencies and private industry. For UAM, Dr. DeCarlo will describe the support that the Commonwealth is ready to provide for manufacturers and service providers ready to market-test their UAM concepts in the lucrative Greater Boston region. Working closely with Massport (the owner and operator of the major Massachusetts airports: Logan, Hanscom, and Worcester), Dr. DeCarlo is helping to define the role of the state in supporting infrastructure development and assisting in regulatory approval. The session demonstrates the strong, innovative spirit that the Commonwealth is displaying to support new air operations and innovative companies.
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