VA Flight Information Exchange (VA-FIX) to Support Safe UAS Operations

ATA, LLC announced 9 September that a demonstration of the Virginia Flight Information Exchange (VA-FIX), which provides data from state and local governments for safe unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, will be featured during the 90th Annual Convention and Trade Show of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, taking place Sept 12 to 15.

VA-FIX is a shared governance model of an Authoritative Supplemental Data Service Provider (ASDSP) for state and local governments to issue clearer and higher-quality source information to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry to help clarify the integration of local operations.  The system, launched in August 2020, was developed through a public-private collaboration between the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV), the Virginia Unmanned Systems Center at the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and ATA, LLC, a leading data science and engineering company in Northern Virginia that develops data infrastructure for the UAS industry. Today, 92 users representing 34 agencies across the Commonwealth, totaling 41 entities, are using VA-FIX data in their operations.

“State and local governments have a wealth of information critical to UTM providers and UAS operators, and they are the logical authoritative source for governance and provision of these resources,” said Craig Parisot, CEO of ATA, LLC. “VA-FIX creates a clearinghouse to coordinate and standardize this information to avoid a patchwork of advisories and regulation.” For more information, visit www.ata-uas.com. ATA’s corporate site is www.ata-llc.com.

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