Kittyhawk releases Flight Deck for UAS

By AUVSI News posted 18-05-2017 16:39


San Francisco-based Kittyhawk, which provides software for pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight UAS operations management, has announced the release of Flight Deck, which will bring real-time in-flight controls and functionality to the Kittyhawk platform.

Flight Deck offers several uses for UAS and their operators, including real-time telemetry and airspace feedback for both unmanned and manned aircraft in the area, real-time feedback of when, where and how a pilot is flying, which is provided to fleet managers, and it enables the immediate, automated, private and secure transfer of media and data from the UAS to the Kittyhawk cloud for data access and processing.

Flight Deck also integrates the FAA’s recently released 3D grid map system.

“A core product theme at Kittyhawk is how we can help our customers foster a culture of safety,” says Josh Ziering, co-founder and chief pilot of Kittyhawk.

“Flight Deck fundamentally changes how commercial drone operations function.”

With Flight Deck, there is no longer a need for users to switch between apps during an operation, and the task of logging flights is automated.

Flight Deck also brings visibility and control to operations that are happening in real time to chief pilots and fleet managers at headquarters.

Kittyhawk has integrated with AirMap, which allows UAS operators to get real-time traffic alerts, and in the process, improves their situational awareness.

The integration also allows UAS operators to share their live telemetry with airports and others occupying the airspace, and UAS operators can understand and comply with airspace rules, requirements and temporary restrictions.

AirMap’s CEO Ben Marcus says, “the innovators at Kittyhawk understand the critical importance of real-time situational awareness and effortless decision-making about where it is safe to fly.”

“We’re proud that the AirMap platform can contribute to this sophisticated, end-to-end tool for commercial drone operators and enterprise users.”

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