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UAS Hazard Management by Airports

Assigned to Erik Bullard
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Provide guidance and information regarding best practices for how airports have actively engaged UAS operators and FAA air traffic control so that use of UAS in and around airports is collaborative and planned, as opposed to negligent, accidental, or intentionally criminal in nature. Further, provide UAS detection and deterrent technology references so that airports can understand their options when it comes to local protection against unwanted UAS operations.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

The number of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operating in the U.S. is growing rapidly. Operations of these aircraft are conducted by professional, certificated remote pilots, and by inexperienced pilots flying UAS as a hobby. UAS flying near and around airports can present serious risks to the safety of flight for manned aircraft. The airport plays a key role in managing the risk of UAS operations around the airport simply by being the face of aviation in the community. Some guidance is available, but airports still need practical safety management recommendations. Such guidance and information should address three key UAS issues. The first being detection of the unwanted UAS. This information should not only provide airports with information regarding the systems that provide these services but should also provide information on how to integrate them into existing security systems at the airport. Secondly, there are several ways airports can and have utilized UAS in support of their own operations. This includes the legal and regulatory hurdles necessary to operate a UAS. The guidance should provide practical examples of how to accomplish this and demonstrate the potential gains in operational efficiency. Thirdly, helping airports provide a solid line of communications for those individuals that need to or wish to operate a UAS in close proximity to airports can mitigate safety issues in easy and efficient ways that help UAS operators and airports alike.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

A synthesis of best practices for how airports have actively engaged UAS operators and FAA air traffic control so that use of UAS in and around airports is collaborative and planned, as opposed to negligent, accidental, or intentionally criminal in nature.

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