UAS CORE LLC leads the way in developing FAA compliant small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) programs for public and private sector companies.
UAS CORE LLC is conducting cutting edge research that will bring a unique capability to all stakeholders involved in emergency management and public safety.
We specialize in consulting with public and private sector organizations and their management in the "hows" of integrating sUAS technology within current emergency management and public safety operations.
The Start of Drone Activity in the State of New Jersey
Blast From The Past, How Drone Activity Started in NJ
First Flight Links
Up until January 2015 there were no public or private sector "official" flights of drones in NJ in the National Air Space. Dr. Chumer a Research Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) obtained the first Certificate of Waiver/Authorization (COA) for a public entity in NJ. The NJIT Team was called UAS CORE and eventually became its own LLC (Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business ) did the flight line security at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May NJ and ensured that the pre and post flight check lists were strictly adhered to.
The flights were conducted using a fixed wing UAS under a jurisdictional COA with approval to fly up to 10,000 feet and up to 40 Nautical miles mostly over the Atlantic Ocean. The video from the tail-cam was streamed into 6 New Jersey County Emergency Operation Centers (EOC) and the NY State EOC in Albany NY using Mutualink technology. This was done as an initial proof of concept
Developing a sUAS (drone) Program as a Public Aircraft Operator (Municipalities, Counties, States)
The following document
provides UAS CORE basic guidance for a public agency considering the development of a compliant UAS program.
UAS CORE will consult with any Public Sector Agency (Municipality, County, State) and assist in:
1. Developing a Certificate of Waiver/Authorization Declaration Letter required to access the current COA portal and/or its replacement the COA Application Processing System (CAPS).
2.Developing a Blanket COA.
3. Developing Jurisdictional COAs (as required).
4 Preparing all COA application documents to include but not be limited to:
a. An Executive Summary
b. System Descriptions
c. Lost Link, Lost Communication, and Emergency Procedures
d, UAS Registration
5. Developing a UAS program to include but not be limited to:
a. Creating one or more Concepts of Operation.
b. Technology Assessments (Rotary, VTOL, Fixed Wing) that support each CONOPS.
c. Conducting Cost Benefit Analyses.
d. Addressing local community understanding and acceptance of the implications of deploying UAS within public safety to include risks and risk aversion.
6. Developing hands on Flight Training for Remote Pilots and Crew to include maintaining training currency.
Dr. Chumer while at NJIT developed Jurisdictional COAs centered around the airspace over Cape May County as well as one blanket COA that was initially flown under by Rutgers University. He also was instrumental in having New Jersey City University (NJCU) approved by the FAA to develop research based COAs for NJCU in Hudson County.
Dr. Chumer has also assisted Middlesex County NJ Fire Services and Law Enforcement as well as the Hudson County NJ Prosecutor's Tech Services Unit in gaining access to the FAA CAPS Portal and obtaining blanket COAs.
UAS CORE will consult further with any public entities in establishing and conducting Table Top Exercises (TTXs) and full blown training exercises designed to develop understandings and build tacit knowledge in how to deploy UAS technology safely in their jurisdictions for public safety and emergency management.
Part of exercise creation will be how to develop a rapid drone deployment capability within each Public Sector jurisdiction that supports the specific CONOPS developed for the jurisdiction's location and airspace over that location.