MAAP Team Coordinating

What can we do for you?

Following initial teaming discussions to understand your needs we can:

Collaborate to solve your greatest technical challenges

Our team of experts have decades of combined experience leading both manned and unmanned flight operations and testing. We have enabled and participated in flight tests of dozens of UAS applications for customers across the country. We have relationships with numerous companies, federal agencies, and test facilities which are able to support our customers’ needs.

MAAP also leverages the expansive capabilities of a top-50 research university to provide solutions to the most difficult technical challenges. We have experience ranging from clean-sheet aircraft design to development of novel navigation and control algorithms and beyond. We partner closely with many faculty members in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, which supports about 10,000 students and has annual research expenditures of more than $200 million.

Through MAAP, our customers are able to engage broadly across the university leveraging the interdisciplinary resources of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, which fosters high-impact collaborative research and helps support nearly 400 affiliated faculty across engineering, the humanities, and the sciences.


Obtain operational approvals for challenging missions

Need to fly an aircraft that can’t comply with existing aviation regulations? As a test site, this is precisely the need we were created to fill. MAAP has access to numerous facilities across Virginia and along the east coast that can support operations that are beyond Part 107 or are particularly challenging, including:

o   Large UAS

o   Beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS)

o   Operations over people

o   Multiple aircraft control

o   Night time operations

o   Urban, rural, and maritime environments

MAAP holds an existing set of Certificates of Authorizations (COAs) for research and test activities that have provisions beyond those allowed for civil operations (Part 107, etc.). Additionally, we often work with customers to obtain new COAs that enable unique mission sets that are often first of their kind. Let us know what kind of operational approval you need and we can discuss with you the best path forward.

Provide flight operations support

MAAP supports flight operations of all types, ranging from the smallest of quadcopters to some of the largest fixed wing aircraft on the market. Our operations team has decades of experience operating UAS and manned aircraft. MAAP staff are routinely called upon to serve as subject matter experts for flight operations and they are able to use their extensive knowledge to support your operational needs. We can provide pilots, engineers, maintainers, observers, and safety officers to support almost any mission.

Connect you with partners that have similar needs

MAAP works with numerous entities across the unmanned systems industry and beyond. We often find that there are numerous parties that have similar needs and complementary capabilities. MAAP can help connect you with partners that may be able to provide a solution to a challenge you’re facing or are willing to pool resources together to fund a bigger solution.

MAAP excels at bringing together coalitions of industry members with a common need to leverage their powerful collective voice to engage with the FAA and other government stakeholders. These coalitions are often able to obtain approvals for their operations on a quicker timeline than single companies can achieve on their own.

Build safety cases for new missions that are beyond existing authorizations

The release of Part 107 in August 2016 gave MAAP a new pathway to apply our existing experience in developing safety cases for operational approvals to helping companies develop safety cases for operations beyond Part 107. However, Part 107 is only one mechanism for moving beyond current authorizations. Our staff has documented experience breaking new ground in UAS type certification, Section 333 exemptions, and broad area COAs. All of these mechanisms require similar documentation to articulate the safety case that appropriately mitigates the hazards incurred by expansion of operations beyond today’s authorizations, an area where MAAP excels.

Test and evaluate almost any type of unmanned system

MAAP has tested virtually every type of UAS currently on the market, from those weighing a few ounces to nearly 1,000 lbs. We have strategically located our testing facilities in diverse areas that allow for almost any type of testing desired with geographic and infrastructure diversity. MAAP has convenient access to test areas that range from unimproved rural farms to Class D and maritime environments. We also have mobile assets to support testing at additional locations specified by the customer.