Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 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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13 June/July 2018 unmanned systems inside 20Si 200Sr The smallest, lightest Mode S Transponders ALL-IN-ONE DESIGN INTEGRATED SBAS GPS/BARO COMPLETE RADAR AND ADS-B VISIBILITY EASY PLUG & PLAY INSTALL 76 grams 250W Transmit 200+ mile range 25 grams 20W Transmit 40 mile range RADAR CONTACT ESTABLISHED uAvionix.com IPP, Congress had to mandate all major drone regulatory movements made by the FAA. The directive to integrate drones into the National Airspace System came from Congress, not from an executive branch initiative. The UAS Test Site program came from Congress. A separate Center of Excellence for UAS research came from Congressional manoeuvring, not the impe- tus of the FAA. MY FOURTH PIECE OF ADVICE IS: Keep your friends close and your congres- sional delegation closer. Your congressional delegation needs to know everything you do. The FA A is a talented group of folks and they can move really fast, when moti- vated, but just like everyone else in the ex- ecutive branch they move faster if Congress is watching—and willing to help tackle your challenges. Don't get me wrong; the FAA does an excellent job of talking with Congress, but you can help them by link- ing arms and talking together. There's al- ways a lot happening on Capitol Hill and even an important program like integrat- ing drones into localities won't get con- gressional attention, even if the FAA has been talking about it for years. One thing that always gets congressional attention is votes and jobs back home. You represent both. Use that power to help us all get drones integrated quickly. You may also need to use the power of your delegation to keep things moving at the FAA. NASA's Unmanned Traffic Management system (UTM) is a notable example of Congress helping a worthy project stay on track. The FAA was originally sceptical of UTM—it wasn't invented at the FAA, was a radical departure from the way air traffic has al- ways been handled and, most importantly, was unfunded. The NASA, UAS Test Site and ASSURE states banded together to convince Congress to mandate UTM tran- sition and, most importantly, provide funding. The FAA saw the light within one budget cycle and UTM is now transitioning nicely from a research project to an op- erational system. Regardless of whether it was the FAA's original idea to create the UAS test sites, ASSURE or UTM, these

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