Unmanned Aircraft Hazards and their Implications for Regulation

Kelly Hayhurst, Jeffrey Maddalon, Paul Miner, Michael DeWalt, G. McCormick
2006 2006 ieee/aiaa 25TH Digital Avionics Systems Conference  
Use of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) has been characterized as the next great step forward in the evolution of civil aviation. Indeed, UASs are in limited civil use in the United States today, and many believe that the time is rapidly approaching when they will move into the commercial marketplace, too. To make this a reality, a number of challenges must be overcome to develop the necessary regulatory framework for assuring safe operation of this special class of aircraft. This paper
more » ... This paper discusses some of what must be done to establish that framework. In particular, we examine hazards specific to the design, operation, and flight crew of UASs, and discuss implications of these hazards for existing policy and guidance. Understanding unique characteristics of UASs that pose new hazards is essential to developing a cogent argument, and the corresponding regulatory framework, for safely integrating these aircraft into civil airspace.
doi:10.1109/dasc.2006.313735 fatcat:7czx5lunqvhcnc2qvzsxdqvmvy