UAS Civil Airspace Integration: Progress and Challenges

Webinar from Avionics Magazine

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011,
Noon to 1 p.m. ET

$297 per site location.

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have proven their utility in military theaters of operation in a variety of applications, and they hold the same potential for civilian operations. Government and private-sector interest in using unmanned aircraft for missions such as border patrol, aerial photography and land and crop surveying has been building for years. Outside of combat operations, the military requires freer access to domestic airspace to maintain UAS training proficiency.

But introducing UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS) with airline, cargo and general aviation traffic poses substantial technological, regulatory and safety challenges. FAA is addressing the issue within its Aviation Safety office and Air Traffic Organization. The agency expects to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in 2011 establishing conditions for the operation of small UAS in the NAS. An RTCA Special Committee, SC-203, is working with industry to define Minimum Aviation System Performance Standards.

What is the progress toward integrating UAS in civilian airspace? What are the expected milestones toward this goal, and what are the significant remaining challenges? For the answers to these and other pressing questions, we’ve assembled a panel of industry and government experts for this live, online panel discussion, “UAS Civil Airspace Integration: Progress and Challenges.”

Among the discussion points:

  • What is the status of UAS integration in civil airspace?

  • What is the FAA strategy for introducing UAS in the NAS, and what is the timeframe?

  • What is the state of the art in “sense-and-avoid” technology for UAS?

  • Will UAS manufacturers have to redesign or recertify their platforms to meet new requirements?

  • *What applications are envisioned for civilian UAS and what is the potential market?

Attend from your desktop or conference room. Invite your whole team to attend at one low price of $297 per location. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for one year.

Hear from these speakers:

John S. Walker
President, JS Walker Group Aviation Solutions;
Co-Chairman RTCA Special Committee 203, Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Andy Lacher
Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration Lead and Research Strategist,
MITRE’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD)
Rose Karolenko Mooney
Director of Engineering,
AAI Corporation
John Appleby
Program Manager, Borders and Maritime Security Division
Science and Technology Directorate
Department of Homeland Security
Edgar G. Waggoner
Director of the Integrated Systems Research Program, NASA


Bill Carey
Editor in Chief, Avionics Magazine
Emily Feliz
Managing Editor, Avionics Magazine

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