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22 January 2020

From the Far West to Florida : an IENAC internship for reducing the noise impact of delivery drones

By Geoffrey Scozzaro, IENAC 17 OPS

My internship at a research laboratory in the United States was my first professional experience outside of France. The aim was to conduct research effort and prepare a paper on noise abatement trajectories for a fleet of Unmanned Aerial Systems for delivery purpose. This internship started at the Arizona State University (ASU), located in Tempe, AZ. Thanks to Gaël Le Bris (Chair of ENAC Alumni USA), I met Moses Koyabe (IENAC 85L, VP Business Development at Aerosmith) during a lunch. He gave me valuable advice for my project and helped me to understand the operational context of UAS operations in the U.S. For the second part of my internship, I left the dry climate of Arizona for the subtropical conditions of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. Once again, ENAC Alumni USA supported me and put me in contact with Basil Yap and Darshan Divakaran, in charge of the UAS program of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Their Division of Aviation is top of the nation in terms of UAS public policies and innovations. Thanks to all these discussions, I wrote my paper with a better understanding of the UAS operational context. The paper has been accepted for the SESAR Innovation Days that will be held in Athens, Greece in December 2019. This was a rewarding experience and I would like to do a PhD through the CIFRE program (located in France) while keeping relations with United States.

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