Some UAS Issues 2009
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Some UAS Issues 2009 Some UAS Issues 2009 Presentation Transcript

  • sUAS, a global regulatory overview.
  • What is a sUAS? • CASA, CS 05/01: 100g to 150kg • CAA UK, CAP 722: 3 classes <7 kg , 7 to 20 Kg, Small Aircraft. 20 to 150 Kg, light UAV. • EUROCAE WG-73: (Ref RTCA SC-203 and CAP 722) Classes: Same • RCAPA, proposed guidelines: 3 classes <4 Ultra light, <12 Mini and <25Lbs intermediate.
  • Where can they operate? Similarities: 400’ AGL 1500’ or 500 meters of the operator, VLOS. All system to have PIC capabilities. Airspace other then ‘G’ with ATC communication/permission. CAP 722 EUROCAE WG-73 RCAPA RTCA
  • Any light at the end of the tunnel?
  • Why is integration taking so long?
  • THE TOP 5 • 1. Lack of investment in the commercial NAS integration effort. (Vendors driving the effort) • 2. Little or no direction/cohesion from within the commercial UAS community. (“Wait and see attitude/flying under the radar”) • 3. How the manned stakeholders view this technology (The more they view it, the less they like it!) • 4. Most regulators have only vague ideas about what a sUAS (non- military systems), is or how they operate. Only exacerbated by an ever evolving technology! • 5. Trying to overlay manned aviations standards on unmanned aviation. (Oval peg, round hole!) Issues The TOP 5
  • Assumptions, The TOP 5 • 1. Common sense from the regulators will prevail. • 2. The use of UAS is not commercially viable. • 3. The contractor/vendor business model will further all commercial interests. • 4. People on the ground are at a higher risk to mishaps then airspace conflicts, and vice versa. • 5. The military contractors are in the same boat as us! (How did you spend your DARPA grant?)
  • ARC impressions • A wide spectrum of NAS stakeholders. • Members cannot divulge the names of other ARC members. • Nothing definitive has yet been decided upon. (The concrete is starting to harden!) • Warp speed… • Will everyone be a 100% happy? • Keep your eyes open for the NPRM. * No exact details will be discussed, direct all questions to the FAA AIR-160 office.
  • February 12, 2009 US lawmakers propose commercial UAS access to national airspace by 30 September 2013. Commercial unmanned air systems would be given full access to the US national airspace by 30 September 2013 as part of draft legislation now before Congress. …”national airspace system as soon as possible, but not later than September 30, 2013.“ (HR915)
  • UAS uses, the usual suspects.
  • What are the markets today? • Military Research (DARPA, IED Defeat) • Military Deployed. • Federal agencies. • COA Holders.
  • What are the coming markets? • First responders (Via grants.) • Other government or ‘public’ aircraft applications. • Some institutional • Testing facilities • Training and certification. (pilot/crew) • FAA regulatory compliance consulting. • Commercial service providers.
  • Where is the competition? * Map from What about the $1000 Chinese UAV? Does not include mom and pop
  • What is the competition?
  • Military pitfalls • Hard market to break into. • Systems too complex while also being “dumbed” down. (No standard interface.) • Designs parameters come from the top down. • Lot’s of big name competition with deep pockets.
  • Commercial Pitfalls
  • Market Strengths • Lot’s of potential for sUAS. • Increased application interest. • Competition without focus. • Experience with FAA compliance. • Pending regulatory overview. (global) • End user market overview. • 2013 for the large UAS integration is a pipe dream.
  • sUAS business objective’s • Identify market(s) • Refine needs of sector/applications. • Determine time to market. • Develop regulatory/product matrix. • Factoring the regulatory burden. • Determine cost vs. value for end user. (Customer)
  • Questions?