Mark Blanks has been named the director of the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) and Virginia Tech’s test site for unmanned aircraft systems.

Blanks, currently the partnership associate director for Virginia, assumed the director role July 1. He will build on the organization’s track record of success in combining innovative unmanned aircraft systems research with industry outreach to promote the safe, evidence-based integration of these aircraft into the nation’s skies.

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