Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) offer great promise for a variety of applications in many areas of life and commerce, including opportunities for use by entrepreneurs and companies that rely on aviation as part of doing business. That said, NBAA has long maintained that safety be the top priority for any plan to introduce UAS into the NAS, including assurances that unmanned aircraft meet equivalent certification, airworthiness and traffic avoidance standards as manned aircraft. NBAA personnel have participated in UAS working groups for 10 years, including participation through RTCA.
Part 107 Update: On June 21, 2016, the FAA published 14 CFR Part 107, formal regulations for the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems. In the coming months, NBAA’s Business Aviation Management Committee, through it UAS Subcommittee, will be developing updated guidance materials related to UAS.