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Villeneuve Airport, operated by Edmonton Airports, is pleased to welcome Pegasus Imagery as its newest tenant.
Pegasus Imagery designs, manufactures and operates long range autonomous aircraft and sensors to deliver data solutions at scale. The company was originally based at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) but has now relocated to the region’s main training and general aviation airport, located in Sturgeon County, west of St. Albert.
Its new space is larger and provides increased flight function capabilities. Pegasus Imagery’s move is also part of expanding the Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre to Villeneuve Airport.
“Villeneuve is open to new ways of doing things, which allows us to take advantage of more opportunities to develop our product,” said Cole Rosentreter, founder and CEO, Pegasus Imagery. “This location works as a ‘sandbox’ for us where we are able to test new ways of how we can integrate and operate alongside general aviation.”
“Pegasus Imagery is a great addition to Villeneuve Airport and to the region,” said Alanna Hnatiw, Mayor, Sturgeon County. “Their cutting-edge technology for information and data solutions will support both the emergency management and public safety sectors, helping first responders in real time. Pegasus is an excellent example of the type of company the Villeneuve Landing Network is looking to attract to help make Villeneuve Airport the premier destination for industry-led innovation and investment.”
“We believe in embracing innovation in aviation and this includes working with and supporting companies that use autonomous aircraft, or drones,” added Myron Keehn, vice-president, Air Service and Business Development, Edmonton International Airport. “The future is now for this technology and Villeneuve Airport is an important facility for our region, offering opportunities for Pegasus Imagery to keep growing and find success.”
The integration of remotely piloted aircraft systems (drones) with manned aircraft is always done with safety as the top priority. Both Pegasus Imagery and staff at Villeneuve Airport, with cooperation from Nav Canada, ensure that general aviation at the airport can continue while the company further refines and develops it autonomous aircraft.
“Safety and security always comes first – and we want to thank Transport Canada, Nav Canada and all our partners for their on-going willingness to work with us and our tenants to open the skies for this technology,” said Steve Maybee, vice-president, Operations and Infrastructure, Edmonton International Airport. “We’re proud to be a national leader in this area and want that to continue.”