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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8   June/July 2018 unmanned systems inside C ongratulations to the winners of President Trump's Unmanned Aircraft System (UA S) Integration Pilot Program (IPP). I know this was a tough competition. There were dozens of competi- tors, a very tight timeline and a lot of pres- sure to assemble the perfect team. Trust me, I'm a vet of both the test site and UAS research center of excellence (COE) applica- tion process. Our ASSURE UAS research COE application was about 600 pages long, but at least ours wasn't due over the holidays like the IPP applications were! But now what? If you'll indulge me, I'd like to offer some advice to the win- ners based on my experiences working with the federal government on UAS issues while serving in the Air Force, founding the ASSURE Federal Aviation Administration COE for UAS research and as a UAS consultant. It's my hope that our government has come up with a program in IPP that will synergise well with the UAS test sites and ASSURE to answer the KEY question for American drones: Where does the sky end? That's not a joke question. The key question the IPP should answer is where does federal authority for drones end, and state/local/tribal authority begin? I wrote an Inside Unmanned Systems article on the subject back in December, but the ba- sics are that the line between federal and local authority over airspace isn't well de- fined. The FAA says they control all air- space from the ground to space, but the U.S. Supreme Court disagrees. In a 1943 case called United States v. Causby the Court decided there was a f loor on federal airspace after poor farmer Causby had some of his chickens frightened to death by low f lying Army Air Force bombers. The court decided the f loor on federal air- space was somewhere between 83 feet (the by JAMES POSS, MAJ GEN (RET) USAF, CEO ISR IDEAS ADVICE TO THE UAS INTEGRATION PILOT PROGRAM WINNERS MY PIECES OF ADVICE: Photo courtesy of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. STAY FOCUSED— IPP is all about public policy and laws. REGULATION IS EXPENSIVE. Act accordingly. SHARE INFORMATION and best practices widely. KEEP YOUR CONGRESSIONAL delegation well informed. TAP THE EXPERTISE of the UAS Test Sites, ASSURE and NASA. A Virginia researcher launches a 3DR Aero during early tests of NASA's UAS Traffic Management system. P P IP Special Report: Integration Pilot Program General Overview by James Poss, Maj Gen (RET) USAF

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