National Safe Skies Alliance selects Woopert to develop UAS response guidebook for airports

Program for Applied Research in Airport Security (PARAS) of National Safe Skies Alliance has announced it has contracted with Woolpert to develop a guidebook to assist airports in working collaboratively to plan for and respond to unmanned aircraft system (UAS) threats, the company said.

According to the project´s RFP, federal agencies and the US Congress have identified UAS to be a major concern at airports, and little guidance exists regarding response protocols.

Safe Skies is a nonprofit organization that works with airports, government and industry to maintain a safe and effective aviation security system. Funding for Safe Skies programs is provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Woolpert is a recognized leader in UAS aviation, research and application development. The firm is under multiple contracts to provide ongoing research regarding UAS and is represented on the Transportation Research Board´s inaugural Standing Committee on New Users of Shared Airspace, which focuses on UAS.

Under this contract, Woolpert will develop strategies for planning, identification and threat assessment, response and recovery. The firm will address detection system considerations and legal, public policy and regulatory considerations; provide relevant examples and case studies; and prepare a plan for community awareness and prevention. As part of its research process, Woolpert has formed an advisory board to provide additional perspective.