Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

NAAA supports the safe integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System in the event that they provide an equivalent level of safety to having a pilot onboard. This includes requiring line of sight operation, installation of an Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out technology, strobe lighting, aviation orange and white marking to promote visibility and other measures to ensure proper operation, and awareness by manned low-level aviation operations. NAAA has met with the FAA UAS integration office and numerous members of Congress to communicate these safety concerns and promote a safety minded approach to UAV integration.

The FAA released its small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which can be viewed here. NAAA's comments on the NPRM can be found here. NAAA's UAS issue brief explaining the association's position on UAS intergration can be found here, or by navigating through the pages on the left.

Safe UAV Operations Around Low-Flying, Manned Aircraft

NAAA has launched a UAV safety campaign to raise awareness, foster communication and prevent accidents between UAV operators and low-altitude manned aircraft. Please watch the following video to learn more about safe UAV operations around low-flying, manned aircraft.