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Solutions For State and Local Government

Seamlessly empower your community to participate in the planning for the coming increase in drone operations with digital infrastructure and community focused tools.

Why is it important for State & Local government to get involved with drone operations?

Just as today's ground transportation requires a system of roads with speed limits, traffic lights and traffic alerts to drivers, drone operators in the sky will require similar infrastructure to fly safely. AirHub® Connect provides that digital infrastructure or "maps in the sky" to help drone pilots in your area understand the safest routes to fly at any given time.

Communities using AirHub® are increasing their residents' safety today while attracting economic opportunities from the emerging drone industry, reducing CO2 emissions by replacing delivery trucks with drones, and improving quality of life for their citizens with things like medical delivery and convenient food deliveries.

The AirHub® Platform leverages existing Esri investments, geospatial information, and asset management systems making it easy to onboard with us and get your community prepared today.

Local GIS data is enriched with the FAA and 3rd party data to assign air & ground risk profiles to categories of this data. Authorized personnel can also administer localized advisories through a web-based portal.

Airspace Link is fully integrated with the FAA and is the only solution that provides digital infrastructure to empower state and local governments to make informed decisions and participate in the management of the safe growth of drone operations in their communities.

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The FlySafe Program, powered by AirHub®

The Airspace Link community FlySafe Program is a turn-key solution enabling communities and government agencies to easily publish current FAA drone rules, policies, localized advisories, and other important information about drone operations tailored for that community.

The FlySafe Program bundles AirHub® Connect and AirHub® Launch products with Professional Services and Co-Marketing Support to quickly onboard communities and support Residential and Commercial pilots in their areas.

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FlySafe Community Websites

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Local Government

Community & Transportation Planning Departments

Better understand localized considerations when planning for items like Vertiports, Take-Off and Landing Zones, and incorporate drones into long-term planning to remove strain on traditional infrastructure and the environment while increasing residents’ safety and access.

Economic Development & Innovation Departments

Attract manufacturing & tech companies to your community, and enable access to drone services for existing businesses.

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Aviation & UAS Departments

Enhance UAS programs with a streamlined process for obtaining FAA flight authorizations and increasing safety with superior GIS based pre-flight planning tools.

Gain visibility into present drone usage in the community and plan for future growth of drone traffic.

Communicate to other drone operators when and where important missions are taking place.

Reduce the need for users to go to multiple systems, digitizing pilot workflow.

IT or GIS Managers

Centralize, standardize, publish & authorize data for your local drone community, integrating seamlessly with current Esri GIS platforms, increasing safety to residents while preparing your community for advanced operations in the future.

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Increase citizen safety and privacy protection with localized advisories and insights tailored to your local drone community.

State & Regional Planning

State Government

Provide a state-wide infrastructure to enable BVLOS commercial and public operations at scale.

Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Council of Governments, Department of Transportation

Prepare and inform your region with localized considerations when planning for items like Vertiports, Take-Off and Landing Zones, and incorporate drones into long-term planning to remove strain on traditional infrastructure and the environment while increasing residents' safety and access.

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Regional Innovation & Economic Development

Airspace Link works with organizations such as the Michigan Economic Development Corporation & Detroit Region Aerotropolis to position their regions for leadership in drone delivery and advanced air mobility, providing economic advancement and opportunity for residents while prioritizing safety.

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Public Operations

Government agencies (including Federal, State, and Tribal), law enforcement, and public safety entities have two options for operating drones under 55 pounds:

Fly under CFR part 107, the small UAS. Part 107 allows operations of drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) under 55 pounds at or below 400 feet above ground level (AGL) for visual line-of-sight operations only.

Fly under the statutory requirements for public aircraft (49 U.S.C. §40102(a) and § 40125). Operate with a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to be able to self-certify UAS and operators for flights performing governmental functions.

To learn more about setting up public operations, visit here.

First Responders & Law Enforcement:

Many communities around the U.S. are actively utilizing drones in their operations, helping increase speed in first responder time and reducing risk to personnel.

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Infrastructure & Utilities Inspection

Utilizing drone inspections for infrastructure & utilities enables the ability to gather accurate data quickly, inexpensively, all while reducing risk to human inspectors.

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What Are the Benefits to Your Community?

Over 5 years, in a single U.S. metropolitan area, drone delivery could:

  • Serve up to 53.9% of the population;
  • Recover up to $582.5 million per year in total time savings for consumers;
  • Support the 3.6-6.6% of metropolitan residents who lack access to a vehicle (as many as 66,000 people in a single metropolitan area);
  • Help 22,000 people with mobility challenges to obtain their prescription medication;
  • Generate up to $284,000 per year in new annual sales for a participating local business (up to 250% additional sales compared to a scenario without drones);
  • Avoid up to 294 million miles per year in road use and up to 580 car crashes per year;
  • Reduce up to 113,900 tons per year of CO2 emissions, equivalent to 46,000 acres per year of new forest.

Case Studies

Detroit Aerotropolis, MI

To stay competitive, the Aerotropolis region recently deployed the Airspace Link low altitude drone infrastructure to its local communities and airports to support the safe use of recreational and commercial drone use in the region. These capabilities provide a new type of Smart City mobility infrastructure supporting the growth of drone operations, drone service providers, drone manufacturing, package delivery and air taxi in the future

Ontario, CA

With the public's quality of life and well-being in mind, Ontario looks to set the stage through the adaptation of safely using drones for the delivery of goods to launch its development of smart communities and act as an economic stimulator by providing an additional stream of revenue for local businesses.

Syracuse, NY

Airspace Link, a provider of solutions designed to help government agencies safely integrate drones into their communities, has worked with the city of Syracuse, N.Y. to transport COVID-19 test kits from a hospital to its biotech building.

Johns Creek, GA

A visual story exploring opportunities for safe and legal drone operations in the Johns Creek community. Johns Creek, Georgia was one of the first communities to launch the FlySafe Program, powered by AirHub® to advance the integration of drones in their region.

How State and Local Government Customers Utilize AirHub Connect


Gain access to the insights necessary to inform policies and strategic short, medium, and longer-range investment decisions tailored to the needs of your community


Plan for the integration of drone operations into your community using AirHub® tools and data to evaluate the transportation infrastructure that is available to attract and support UAS industry investments and identify and communicate the optimal corridors for specific drone use cases.


Build the digital infrastructure to support the safe growth of the new drone economy and enable advanced drone operations such as medical supplies, package delivery or public safety.


View key insights and analytics about where, when, and how often drone flights occur in their community.

Surface and publish ground risk information to UAS pilots to help them fly safely. Publish local information, alerts, and advisories to UAS pilots and operations centers based on dynamic situations that arise that may impact drone operations.

Enable drone operators with meaningful insights such as hazards, risks, site suitability, environmental constrains or community concerns.


What are 'highways in the skies'?

In short, they are the routes over your communities that are safe, legal, and in harmony with other flights in the sky and the people and environment below. Sound complicated? It is. However, our framework shows how to apply the relevant data relating to the operation, regulations, safety, infrastructure, environmental factors, and more to our algorithms to calculate the best possible path for a single flight or dynamic corridors for recurring flights.

What is LAANC?

LAANC is the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability, a collaboration between FAA and Industry. LAANC directly supports UAS integration into the airspace. Specifically, LAANC provides drone pilots with access to controlled airspace at or below 400 feet, awareness of where pilots can and cannot fly, and air traffic professionals with visibility into where and when drones are operating.

Does Airspace Link provide tools for pilots in my community to submit authorization requests through LAANC?

Yes. As a LAANC supplier, pilots can log in to AirHub® Launch to submit drone operations with the most accurate federal and community data available today.

What does Airspace Link offer local governments to communicate relevant information to pilots to support safe drone ops?

Airspace Link has developed AirHub® Connect for State and Local Government users to provide drone pilots in their community local authoritative ground risk data and advisories combined with airspace data in real-time to help pilots plan safe operations.

What do you mean by local advisories, doesn’t the FAA regulate airspace?
  • The FAA regulates all of the airspace in the U.S. Advisories are an opportunity for communities to input critical and time-sensitive information to pilots flying in their area to increase their situational awareness when operating, allowing them to fly safely and compliantly.
  • Advisories may be related to incidents, events, assets, special ordinances, emergency operations, or infrastructure throughout the community (e.g., schools, hospitals, helipads, prisons, stadiums, public spaces, etc.).

For Pilots

AirHub® Launch is a free application for recreational and Part 107 drone pilots to easily plan, visualize and authorize their drone operations.

For Government

AirHub® Connect empowers State and Local governments to participate in the safe integration of drones into their communities. The use of drones is rising, and with it comes substantial economic and environmental benefits. AirHub® Connect can help your community get started, safely.

For Business

AirHub® Insights provides actionable insights, based on your specific ConOps and risk profiles, to integrate into your drone operations at scale.