Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
News and issues relating to civil and military unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) of all kinds and sizes, including those used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), combat (unmanned combat air vehicles, or UCAVs), law enforcement, research and other applications. Of particular focus is the FAA's planned integration of UAS into the U.S. national airspace system.
Flight tests aimed at proving detect and avoid capability for UAS are to be conducted this year.
The unmanned aircraft system will be for military use but will not carry weapons.
Granted authorization last week by the FAA, Texas A&M flies its first UAV mission along the Gulf Coast.
UAS industry industry growing increasingly impatient with the FAA’s regulatory and policy containment of unmanned aircraft systems.
The UK carrier expects to introduce remotely piloted UAS into operations next year.
Agency seeks to reaffirm its authority to regulate the use of small unmanned aircraft.
FAA’s lead UAS executive said the agency will use a provision to allow limited commercial use of unmanned aircraft.