DRBA Commission Authorizes Lease with Pentagon Performance, Inc. at Millville Airport
New Tenant to Operate Drone Training Program
(Millville, NJ) Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) officials announced a new business lease with Pentagon Performance, Inc. (PPI) for Hangar 112 located at the Millville Airport. Pentagon Performance plans to lease space to operate an unmanned aerial systems (drone) training program. The DRBA Commissioners unanimously authorized the lease arrangements at the February monthly meeting. The initial term of the lease is for one (1) year. With mutual consent, Pentagon may renew the lease for four (4) additional one (1) year terms.
“We are pleased to be able to accommodate PPI with their plan to implement a comprehensive drone training program,” said Stephen Williams, Director of Airport Operations for the DRBA. “Drone use – both commercially and recreationally – continues to rapidly increase and we believe it is important that operators of all types are knowledgeable and understand their responsibilities when it comes to flying these aircraft.”
Williams noted that the office space where the training program will commence is adjacent to a hangar facility that can be leased separately through a license agreement on an as needed basis for any required flight training purposes. “Safety is always paramount,” Williams added.
“We are pleased to establish a presence at the Millville Airport and hope to have a positive effect on our airport neighbors, the local community, and our region,” said Tony LaSure, President, Pentagon Performance Inc. “We are excited to be here.”
The DRBA supports the legal flying of drones and has actively participated in research and development of new systems and technologies related to the integration of drones into the National Airspace System and to the use of UASs for emergency management, homeland security, communications, precision agriculture, transportation infrastructure management and preservation and many other emerging uses. In addition, the DRBA has actively pursued UAS applications that may help safeguard its transportation infrastructure at the Delaware Memorial Bridge and Cape May – Lewes Ferry among other facilities.
About Pentagon Performance, Inc.
Pentagon Performance, Inc. (PPI) provides global precision solutions, focused on a continued partnership with its clients to address their most significant challenges. PPI consists of five divisions: Unmanned Systems, Satellite Communications, Air Traffic Management, Data Management and Training. PPI has earned a reputation as a trusted partner to military, civilian, commercial, and industry clients through its responsiveness, efficient management structure and consistent performance. As a founding member of the Mid Atlantic Aviation Partnership UAS Test Site and a member of FAA UAS Center of Excellence PPI is an active participant in the integration of UAS into the National Airspace System. For more information, please visit www.pentagonperformance.com.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Forts Ferry Crossing. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.
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Hangar 112 at MIV