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

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 

In February of 2012, NCTCOG staff published the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Report, a product of the  Regional General Aviation  and Heliport System Plan

FAA Press Release February 13, 2019
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has posted a rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of the aircraft. Owners and operators may no longer place or write registration numbers in an interior compartment. The rule is effective on February 25. The markings must be in place for any flight after that date.

UAS Task Force
The North Central Texas Council of Governments has convened the North Texas Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Safety and Integration Task Force to help mitigate reckless UAS operation and promote the safe integration of UAS technology into the DFW regional airspace.  The Task Force is comprised of public-sector representatives at the federal, state, and local levels as well as private-sector representatives from the Aviation and UAS Industries, Academia, Military, and others. 

UAS Task Force Meetings 

Next Meeting:

July 23, 2019, 10 am-12 pm
Arlington City Hall, Council Briefing Room
101 W. Abram St., Arlington, TX


                                 Previous Meetings
June 25, 2019 Agenda, Presentations
May 28, 2019 Agenda, Presentations
April 23, 2019 Agenda, Presentations
March 25, 2019 Agenda, Presentations
February 18, 2019 Agenda, Presentations
December 11, 2018 Agenda, Handout, Presentations 
October 23, 2018 AgendaHandout, Presentations 

Staff Contacts:  Ernest Huffman, Natalie Bettger