Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 2016

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42 unmanned systems inside   October/November 2016 "All in all I'm going to go with this is boring, expected, predictable, foreseeable, typical FAA except for one section," Poss said. "Here's the key section. You can request a waiver of most operational restrictions if you can show that your proposed operation can be conducted safely under a waiver. Ladies and gentlemen that is huge." Getting There The FAA and other industry leaders are working to find ways to lift the remaining restrictions, Poss said, particularly f lying over people and beyond-visual-line-of-sight operations. The FAA assembled an industry group that's been researching how to safely f ly over people, Poss said, and they're making great progress. They've determined four types of UAS operations where f lying over people is considered safe: micro UAS that weigh 500 grams or less, heavier UAS with a low probability of injuring people, UAS f lying in closed worksites and UAS with mitigating measures f lying in an approved hazardous operation. Poss sees this restriction being lifted in the near future, open- ing up more applications, but beyond-visual-line-of-sight f lights are more complex, he said. These operations present complicated tech- nical problems, including maintaining a constant, reliable data link with the UAS and developing a reliable detect and avoid solution. Research is being done in both areas but it could be awhile before these problems are sufficiently addressed and this restriction lifted. The way forward just isn't as clear, but the FAA and the rest of the industry are working to get there. How You Can Use UAS Today Yes, there are still UAS f light restrictions, but there are also plenty of UAS applications available today that can benefit a variety of in- WHAT'S WAIVERABLE UNDER PART 107? • Daylight operations, allowing flights at dusk and at night • Operation from a moving vehicle or aircraft • Operation in certain airspace • Operation limitations (speed, altitude) • Multiple UAS operations • Operations over people • Beyond visual line of sight aircraft operations POTENTIAL USES UNDER PART 107 THAT CAN BE PERFORMED TODAY: • Emergency and hazard inspections in cooperation with local authorities • Storm monitoring and response • Environmental hazard assessments • Geotechnical hazard assessments • Asset hazard assessments • Post disaster evaluations • Safety and rescue planning FOR EXAMPLES OF PROJECTS RAECON HAS RECENTLY COMPLETED, watch the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/ register/8780341795519423748 WEBINAR RECAP » PART 107 BY THE NUMBERS » PARTICIPANTS Other: 28 % Research and development: 38 % Infrastructure inspection: 52 % Precision agriculture: 34 % Aerial mapping and survey: 69 % What webinar attendees wanted to learn from the presentation. I am interested in small UAS application for: Public safety: 52 % Cargo delivery: 19 % Precision agriculture: 63 % Powerline/Pipeline inspection: 69 % Aerial mapping and survey: 81 % The areas webinar participants think Part 107 will benefit. With the clarity provided by Part 107 a compelling case can be made for UAS operations in: Apply for a waiver of aspects of Part 107: 17 % Start evaluating whether to use small UAS: 30 % Start contracting the services of a small UAS provider: 5 % Start operating a small UAS we already have: 30 % Start purchasing a small UAS for our work: 18 % What webinar attendees plan to do next. Now that FAR Part 107 is here, my organization will probably:

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