Inside Unmanned Systems

FEB-MAR 2018

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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8   February/March 2018 unmanned systems inside I 've been hearing a lot of doom and gloom among the drone expert Twitterati over stalled rulemaking in the Federal Av iat ion Ad m i n i st rat ion a f t er t he Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Remote Identif ication Av iation Rulema k ing Committee (ARC) gridlocked over allow- ing remote ID exemptions for hobbyists. The Twitterati rightly fear that stalled re- mote ID rules could spell doom for small UAS (unmanned aircraft system) opera- tions over people and beyond line of sight (BLOS) operations. I'm NOT hearing much about an- other ARC that's been quietly working since November—the UAS in Controlled Airspace ARC. The UAS in Controlled Airspace ARC will focus on large (more than 55 lbs.) UAS operating in controlled airspace (i.e. above 400 feet). I'm hear- ing wonderful things about the expertise of the ARC members and their willing- ness to ask a key question when it comes to drone f light in controlled airspace: WWAFD (What would the Air Force do)? Finally, I hope, someone is looking to sim- ply transfer directly into FAA rule making the procedures, training and aircraft eq- uipage requirements based on the experi- ence gained over millions of f light hours of Department of Defense drones. What We Can Learn from the Air Force Through the years, I've heard the same ex- cuse to avoid adopting DOD drone proce- dures: "We can't just ask WWAFD! Those General Overview by James Poss, Maj Gen (RET) USAF by JAMES POSS, MAJ GEN (RET) USAF, CEO ISR IDEAS WATCH THIS (AIR) SPACE THE AIR FORCE HAS VALUABLE EXPERIENCE IN: An MQ-9 Reaper (undated photo) above. Photo courtesy of General Atomics. 1: OPERATIONS OVER PEOPLE 2: BEYOND-LINE-OF-SIGHT OPERATIONS 3: MIXED MANNED/ UNMANNED OPERATIONS IN CONGESTED AIRSPACE 4: MIXED MANNED/ UNMANNED OPERATIONS IN GROUND OPERATIONS 5: AIRWORTHINESS/AIR NAVIGATION EQUIPAGE STANDARDS

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