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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14 unmanned systems inside   June/July 2017 The ruling makes sense because the same 2012 FAA reauthorization act that told the FAA to establish drone rules, also told them to not regulate model aircraft. Do you know the dif- ference between a drone and a model aircraft? I don't and apparently neither does anyone in the government. ISIL doesn't either, but that doesn't stop them from raining grenades on coalition forces with consumer drones AND model aircraft. Then there's remote identification from drones, another issue we should have anticipat- ed. The Justice Department is rightfully refus- ing to coordinate on further UAS rulemaking until the FAA requires drones to have remote ID. In today's security environment, we should have realized that we can't allow largely autono- mous, GPS-guided drones to fly around without some way to identify them while they're flying. The French recognized this much earlier than us and just implemented their remote ID rules. The result is we only have rules that allow remote pilots to f ly under 400 feet, away from people and within sight of the pilot. No wonder foreigners are starting to f lank us. We can't blame ourselves for the decentral- ized nature of our government—the Brits brought that on. Decentralized government is great for avoiding tyranny but not so great when it comes to drone rulemaking. We still haven't defined that altitude where local authorities have a say in drone f light restrictions. As a result, local officials may—or may not—have a major role in determining things like drone THE BEST THING OUR GOVERNMENT CAN DO IS RECOGNIZE OUR COMMERCIAL DRONE INDUSTRY FOR WHAT IT IS—THE BIGGEST CHANGE TO HIT AVIATION SINCE THE WRIGHT BROTHERS, WITH CASCADING EFFECTS THAT WILL REVOLUTIONIZE OUR PERSONAL AND COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY. General Overview by James Poss, Maj Gen (RET) USAF Inspire 2 from DJI, the drone market leader. Consortiq judges safety using information from drone data links. Photos courtesy of Consortiq and DJI.

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