July 6th, 2017, Iqaluit. Arctic UAV Inc. was recently awarded a 2 year contract from Transport Canada to ‘Conduct Concept of Northern Operations for Unmanned Aerial Systems’. The trials will provide hands-on experience operating sophisticated drones and will help develop procedures, training, and risk assessment tools for operations in Northern Canada.
Arctic UAV Inc. has partnered with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) to assist in fulfilling the contract. UAF, through its Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI), has run a UAV program for more than 16 years and flies missions over 200 days a year. Cathy Cahill, ACUASI’s Director, said, ‘We’re delighted to be working with the Arctic UAV team to use the Griffon SeaHunter UAV System to advance Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations in the Arctic’.
Kirt Ejesiak, Chairperson & CEO, says ‘We’re honoured to be given an opportunity to lead in the Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) space in the Arctic for the rest of Canada and Circumpolar countries’. Ejesiak also added ‘Our experienced team from Iqaluit, which includes Glenn Williams, our Chief of Operations and one of the most experienced Arctic technicians, and Keane Sudlovenick, a 19 year old recent high school graduate who is fast becoming one of the North’s youngest and most experienced UAV pilots, is leading the use of UAV’s in the Arctic.’
Arctic UAV’s team has traveled to UAS Centre of Excellence test range Alma, Quebec, to conduct its first mission under the Transport Canada contract. Williams and Sudlovenick are joined in Alma by Eli Turk, President of Commercial Sales, and Jake Weber, Director of U.S. Operations. Arctic UAV Inc., a startup with the support of the Government of Nunavut’s Strategic Investments Program, is an Iqaluit, Nunavut based UAV Service Provider offering world class aerial imaging services with locally trained UAV operators. It is working to set up an Arctic UAS Testing centre based in Iqaluit for UAV companies and Universities to test the limits of their systems. Transport Canada, through its UAS division, is leading the Government of Canada’s efforts to test and operate UAV’s for their National Unmanned Aerial Systems Program.
For more info contact Eli Turk- President Commercial Sales & Marketing (613-806-2898 or email@example.com). For Press Images email us and we’ll forward a dropbox link with images.
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