About FlightHorizon GCSFlightHorizon GCS is an airspace situational awareness and detect-and-avoid system to allow unmanned aircraft pilots to detect, track, predict and avoid other aircraft. The software sends commands to maintain well-clear distances to the unmanned aircraft pilot to avoid conflicts quickly and efficiently. For more information, visit our FlightHorizon GCS product page.
The Nature of a Commodity Jurisdiction DeterminationA Commodity Jurisdiction determination is a definitive ruling from the US government as to whether a particular product is subject to particular US arms export control laws. After a process of application and review, a company is provided a ruling by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) within the US State Department. “A Commodity Jurisdiction is useful for companies like ours that develop and sell complex, technical products for industries like aerospace that involve autonomous systems and sensor integration. By obtaining a Commodity Jurisdiction determination, we can be sure as to which rules apply to our products for export,” said Epperson. The DDTC explains a commodity jurisdiction determination as a request to determine whether a product falls under particular export controls: “The purpose of a commodity jurisdiction (CJ) request is to determine whether an item or service is covered by the U.S. Munitions List (USML) and therefore subject to export controls administered by the U.S. Department of State pursuant to the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). If after reviewing the USML and other relevant parts of the ITAR, in particular ITAR §120.3, §120.4, and §121.1(b), you are unsure of the export jurisdiction of an item or service, you should request a CJ determination” (“Commodity Jurisdictions (CJs)” US Directorate of Defense Trade Controls).
How a CJ Determination Helps FlightHorizon CustomersA CJ determination helps to provide certainty to Vigilant Aerospace Systems and to potential FlightHorizon customers as to the export status and control laws that apply to FlightHorizon GCS. By providing this certainty, international sales of the product can proceed in most cases without additional regulatory burden.
Next Steps for ExportNon-US companies interested in discussing the use of FlightHorizon GCS for unmanned aircraft operations and projects, should contact Vigilant Aerospace.
- “Vigilant Aerospace Obtains US State Department Commodity Jurisdiction Determination for Export of FlightHorizon GCS – DAA and Airspace Management for Drones.” sUAS News; 7 February 2019.
- “Vigilant Obtains Export Waiver for Drone Product.” DroneLife; 20 February 2019.
Vigilant Aerospace is the leading developer of detect-and-avoid and airspace management software for uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS or drones). The company’s product, FlightHorizon, is based on two NASA patents and uses data from multiple sources to display a real-time picture of the air traffic around a UAS and to provide automatic avoidance maneuvers to prevent collisions. The software is designed to meet industry technical standards, to provide automatic safety and to allow UAS to safely fly beyond the sight of the pilot. The software has won multiple industry awards and the company has had contracts and users at NASA, the FAA, the U.S. Department of Defense and with a variety of drone development programs. Visit our website at www.VigilantAerospace.com