Unmanned Aircraft Study Under Way

 - June 28, 2010, 12:42 PM

The FAA will be studying how to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System through a cooperative research and development agreement it forged last month with Boeing subsidiary Insitu. This partnership will enable further study of how unmanned aircraft operate and help the industry move closer to a sense-and-avoid solution. Insitu of Bingen, Wash., will provide a ScanEagle UAS, related support hardware and data and pilot training. The FAA will conduct UAS flight-test and ATC coordination research through its research and technology development office at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J. Flight testing will take place over the New Jersey Air National Guard’s Warren Grove Range, which is 20 miles north of the technical center.