BY Doug Lenz, PE, ENV SP, and Dae Suh, MBA NAVIGATING
QUICKLY CROWDING SKIES
Latest Rules for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Clear Way for Business Applications
Say the word aircraft, and you may picture an
airplane, or a helicopter, with a person in the cockpit.
But the airline industry is rapidly seeing a new
reality: a future in which aircraft will be unmanned.
And discussions taking place now will be expected
to lay the groundwork for innovations that could
revolutionize the aviation industry, even as they
raise complex questions regarding privacy, airspace
restrictions and safety.
The growth of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
is undeniable. The FAA expects total hobbyist and
commercial UAS sales to hit 7 million in 2020,
up from 2. 7 million today.
In the future, unmanned aircraft will continue to save
lives on the battlefield and during natural disasters.
Additionally, all military aircraft of war could be
drones. UAS will also help search-and-rescue teams
find lost hikers and allow police forces that cannot
a;ord manned helicopters to obtain vital, potentially
lifesaving overhead imagery during hostage stando;s.
When used safely and in a manner respecting
privacy, domestic UAS can become important tools
for private citizens, firefighters, scientists,
news reporters, filmmakers