The Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) is an FAA-designated test site for unmanned aircraft systems. Since we were founded in 2013, we have focused on progressively overcoming obstacles to move the UAS industry forward at an accelerated pace. Here’s how we accomplish this:

We connect industry challenges with solutions driven by world-class research. Our expert staff has decades of combined experience in manned and unmanned aircraft, and innovate every day to solve operational challenges. MAAP also leverages the resources of a top-50 research university,  where talented faculty work on the technology that will power the future of unmanned systems. Our role is to match that innovative research to key challenges facing the UAS industry, forging transformative solutions that propel the industry forward. 

We work closely with regulating authorities and industry partners on groundbreaking studies that inform evidence-based policies and standards. As the bridge between the regulator and our industry partners, MAAP helps both sides work together collaboratively to develop safety cases and certification bases that set new precedents and lay the groundwork for expanded operations. Our active involvement in the development of industry standards allows us to share lessons learned and promote best practices across multiple standards bodies.

We enable operations with tomorrow’s technology today. To implement next-generation technology safely, you need to combine operational expertise and innovative thinking in a secure environment that facilitates efficient prototyping. MAAP brings all of these components together to provide value for our customers, taking them from today’s reality to tomorrow’s possibilities more quickly. It’s the future, faster.