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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         


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A Look at the FAA's Strategy for UAS Integration into the NAS

By Tom Hoffmann, Managing Editor, FAA Safety Briefing Magazine, May/June 2017 Edition


Recent FAA UAS Announcements and Press Releases











      Current and upcoming requirements and restrictions for operation of UAS in the National Airspace System.


  • "Effective December 21, 2015, anyone who owns a small unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must register with the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) registry before they fly outdoors.  People who previously operated their UAS must register by February 19, 2016."  Source: FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Registration 



       U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Announces Unmanned Aircraft Registration Requirement






Notice of Proposed Rulemaking







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


To see a comparison of satellite, manned, and unmanned aircraft imagery, play the video below. Double click for full screen, Esc
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To learn more about the benefits of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and how this technology can save time, money, and lives please
visit The Benefits of Unmanned Aircraft Systems from The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.


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