Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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12 unmanned systems inside June/July 2017 chair and flew it. Foreigners even made safety sound interesting. British compa- ny Consortiq's CQNet drone fleet man- agement software collects data from drone data links and then analyzes it to draw safety conclusions. Who KNEW landing with minimal battery charge was the best predictor of unsafe remote pilots? Chinese manufacturer DJI dominated the small UAS news cycle as completely as they dominated all other quadcopter manufacturers. By some estimates, DJI comprises 90 percent of consumer/prosumer drone registra- tions. Foreigners had all the best drone laws too. The French solved the remote ID problem by mandating beacons for all drones f lown in France. The Brits allow properly trained drone operators to f ly over central London (try f lying a drone over DC…). The Brits, Irish, and Croatians teamed to replace all helicop- ter shots with drone footage in Game of Thrones. How cool is THAT? Why are we starting to fall behind? I think it's a combination of slow rule making, the patchwork nature of our legal system and lack of support for our drone industry at the State and Commerce Departments. By the Rules Slow rule making is the obvious hin- drance. We should have had our basic Part 107 rules out years ago versus just last year. The FA A should have been pouring money into beyond-line-of- sight f light research in the early 2000s versus just starting a research program in 2016. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Aviation Administration should have antici- pated the security aspects of drones and mandated remote ID when they released Part 107. Instead, not only are our drone rules late, they're stymied by issues the FAA should have anticipated. Just last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia vacated the rule that requires owners of drones used for recreation to register their aircraft. WHY ARE WE STARTING TO FALL BEHIND? I THINK IT'S A COMBINATION OF SLOW RULE MAKING, THE PATCHWORK NATURE OF OUR LEGAL SYSTEM AND LACK OF SUPPORT FOR OUR DRONE INDUSTRY AT THE STATE AND COMMERCE DEPARTMENTS. MAJOR GENERAL JAMES O. POSS (RET) is a leading expert on UAS, having targeted the first armed UAS strikes, designed the U.S. Air Force's remote split operations system for UAS control, and designed the Distributed Common Ground Station for UAS intelligence analysis. General Poss was the Executive Director of the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence Team. He is CEO of ISR Ideas—an intelligence, unmanned systems and cyber warfare consulting company with decades of intelligence community experience, coupled with insider FAA knowledge. General Overview by James Poss, Maj Gen (RET) USAF Photos courtesy of Prodrone Co., Ltd. Prodrone's innovative inspection drone hugs the surface.

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