DJI has joined the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) drone Integration Pilot Program (IPP) at Memphis International Airport.
DJI joins several local participants involved in the Memphis program, including the City of Memphis, Memphis Fire Department, Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Department of Transportation Division of Aeronautics, FedEx, AirXOS, Measure, Avitas, and 901Drones.
The drone integration program is using DJI drones to explore the safety and efficiency benefits of small unmanned aircraft system applications at the Memphis International Airport through FedEx aircraft inspections, delivery of FedEx aircraft parts in day and night operations, airport perimeter security, and support of various airport safety inspections.
In May 2018, Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) was selected as one of 10 lead applicants by the U.S. Department of Transportation to participate in the UAS IPP.
The goal of the UAS IPP is to conduct advanced drone operations in selected airspaces to generate data and knowledge for future UAS policymaking.
Scott Brockman, MSCAA president and CEO, commented: “Memphis International Airport and its partners continue to explore how drones can be safely and effectively utilized in our airspace. We are excited to add to our already strong team of partners in this venture.”
While Brendan Schulman, DJI’s VP for police and legal affairs, said: “DJI is excited to show how drone technology can improve the safety and efficiency of operations, even at an airport. We’re pleased to support FedEx and the Memphis IPP as they collaborate to explore how drones can be used to benefit communities and major infrastructure.”