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Friday, January 22, 2021


United States Take Next Step in Plan to Integrate UAS

In order to ensure safe operations of UAS, especially with the increasing interest and development, the use of UAS is subject to legislation and regulations, which are part of the extensive field of aviation, and air traffic regulations. FieldCopter conforms to these requirements for service operations in agriculture and for this purpose licenses are relatively easily obtained.

Also countries like Australia, Japan and Canada know an increasing amount of UAS applications, which are possible due to relatively little airspace regulations. This is all in stark contrast with the United States, where the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not allow drones for commercial use, yet. The U.S. Congress directed the FAA to develop operational guidelines, which should grant access to the use of UAS by September 2015.

In December the FAA announced that six institutions now have been authorized to test UASs in the next couple of years. Selected for these tests are the University of Alaska, the state of Nevada, New York State’s Griffiss International Airport, the North Dakota Department of Commerce, Texas A&M University and Virginia Tech, who will conduct tests in at least ten states. These tests should help the FAA to answer research questions on safety, the interaction with air traffic systems and the use of UAS under different climatic and geographic conditions.

Only privately used model airplanes are granted approval as long as they are used far from populated areas, which some Americans eagerly make use of to monitor their crops or livestock over large areas. Commercial applications still have to wait, although it is expected that the economic impact, in particular for agriculture, will be more than 13 billion dollar three years after the integration of UAS in the United States. These calculations by the AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International) assume that in the next ten years after integration more than 100.000 jobs are created based on UAS and an economic impact of more than 80 billion dollar is expected. In addition the AUVSI calculated that every year the integration is delayed will cost the United States more than 10 billion in potential economic impact.





Annual UAS sales for Agriculture, Public Safety and other markets. AUVSI Economic Report, March 2013


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FieldCopter is carried out in the context of the Galileo FP7 R&D programme supervised by the GSA (Nr. 277612-2).