Currently there is a lot of interest in integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) into the national airspace system (NAS). Well-established processes are currently in place to certify all aspects of the design, operation, training, and maintenance of the aircraft now in the NAS. The FAA is drawing on these experiences and processes to develop certification criteria for UASs as there are requests for them to enter the NAS. It is important to identify the differences between manned aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems and how those differences will impact operations in the NAS. As these differences are addressed, all users that will impacted in the system should be considered, as well as the infrastructure of the certification processes and regulatory requirements. Operations in the National Airspace System will inevitably change with the introduction of UASs. As an industry, we must utilize established processes and current tools to work together to successfully adapt to these emerging technologies.
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