UAS is the unmanned aircraft and all of the associated support equipment, control station,
data links, telemetry, communications and navigation equipment necessary to operate the
unmanned aircraft. Source: FAA
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) have been used primarily by the military for
many years. As this emerging technology develops, UAS activity is on the rise
with benefits expected through a variety of civilian and commercial
applications. In 2012, federal legislation required the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to safely integrate UAS into the National Air
Space by September 2015. In December 2013, the FAA announced the selection of the six public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems research and test sites around the country.
"These congressionally-mandated test sites will conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace over the next several years... Texas A & M Univeristy, Corpus Christi was selected as one of the six sites and plans to develop system safey requirements for UAS vehicles and operations with a goal of protocols and procedures for airworthiness testing." Source: FAA Press Release
Recent FAA UAS Announcements and Press Releases
Current and upcoming requirements and restrictions for operation of UAS in the National Airspace System.
- "Effective December 21, 2015, anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry before they fly outdoors. People who previously operated their UAS must register by February 19, 2016." Source: FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement
Law Enforcement Resources
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
NCTCOG Unmanned Aircraft Systems Workshop - April 1, 2015
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Report
In February of 2012, NCTCOG staff published the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Report, a product of the
Regional General Aviation and Heliport System Plan.
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To learn more about the benefits of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and how this technology can
save time, money, and lives consider reading
The Benefits of Unmanned Aircraft Systems from The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.
Aviation Resource Links
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