Addressing the needs of everyone

Posted: 29 November 2017 | | No comments yet

New entrants into the US National Airspace System (NAS) are about more than unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In addition to traditional drones, rockets and balloons (such as Google’s Project Loon) are competing for airspace at both low and high altitudes. Integrating these new entrants into the NAS is no easy task. Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) President and CEO Peter Dumont offers some insight.

UAS/ROCKET technology is pushing regulators more than any aviation innovation that we have ever seen. These new entrants are incredibly disruptive to all NAS users, including airports. Their integration into the NAS is the most difficult that we’ve ever attempted. The NAS was initially developed to serve a pilot or manned vehicle. In a perfect world, we’d undergo a complete NAS redesign, but that is not an option at this point. We can’t stop NAS operations to figure this out. We need to find a solution that incorporates the needs of industry, government (federal, state, and local), corporate users, and hobbyists within the current airspace structure…

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