FAA Aims For Civil-UAS Airspace Framework By 2015

By Graham Warwick
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
December 02, 2013

The world will not change on Sept. 30, 2015, the deadline set by Congress for the FAA to ensure safe integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). But it should be a world in which operators of civil UAS—public entities and commercial enterprises—will find it easier to gain access to the skies.

Easier, but not yet routine, according to the FAA's first roadmap for the integration of UAS into the NAS, which was released last month. Publication of the roadmap, and a supporting UAS comprehensive plan from the Transportation Department, are milestones along the route to UAS integration laid out by Congress in FAA reauthorization legislation enacted in February 2012.

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