17 July 2020 Niagara, Ontario
For Immediate Release
Accipiter Radar continues to pioneer radar-based decision support solutions for aviation safety and security to mitigate threats at airports globally by conducting critical field testing of drone and bird mitigation solutions at its Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport facility.
Drones have increasingly raised concerns at airports since Gatwick was forced to shut down in December of 2018 due to the inability to locate and interdict a drone reported by pilots. Accipiter Radar, in cooperation with Pearson International Airport and Falcon Environmental Services, is conducting testing on an Accipiter-developed, integrated avian/drone surveillance system that will provide decision support to both aviation safety and security professionals. Falcon is a leader in wildlife management and runs the program at Pearson.
Accipiter is utilizing their unique facility at the Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport which features Class G airspace where drones (also called an unmanned aircraft system “UAS” or remotely piloted aircraft system “RPAS”) can be flown safely and conveniently, and various sensors can be tested side-by-side to optimize solutions. The airport is very accommodating as are the friendly neighbours. A nearby farmer allowed us to fly over his farm field well beyond the perimeter of the airport to support longer range testing.