UAS Federal Policy Background

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) remain a persistent emerging safety threat to low-level aviators of all stripes, and especially ag aviators. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (also known as the FAA Reauthorization Act) requires the FAA to provide for the safe integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system as soon as practicable, but not later than September 2015 (2014 for UAVs weighing less than 55 pounds). The FAA missed both legally-mandated deadlines, but the Agency has taken significant strides toward integrating UAVs into the National Airspace System (NAS). While NAAA is not “anti-UAV”, the Association does believe the FAA needs to take a measured, incremental approach to safely integrate UAVs into the NAS. This means that the Agency needs to fully assess the risk of UAVs to manned aircraft as they incrementally open the airspace.

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Updated February 2016
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