UAS

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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

Background

 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 

       

Rules and regulations for all small UAS operators.

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