Shared Skies: Safe Integration of Remotely Piloted Aircraft. Captain Sean Cassidy 1 st Vice President National Safety Coordinator. Single High Level of Safety. Same high level of safety realized today must be maintained with integrated UAS/RPA ops. Magnitude of the Challenge.
Captain Sean Cassidy
1st Vice President
National Safety Coordinator
Same high level of safety realized today must be maintained with integrated UAS/RPA ops
To enable us to do things we don’t want to do right now (dull, dirty, dangerous) without adverse safety impact
From SC 228:
…In order to safely integrate these platforms into non-segregated airspace, both a robust Detect and Avoid (DAA) and robust and secure Command and Control (C2) Data Link capability need to be established.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office to integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) safely and efficiently into the National Airspace System (NAS).
Estimated Timeline for Phase one MOPS (IFR operations in Class A airspace): July 2016
2.9 Identifying the commonalities and differences between manned and unmanned aircraft is the first step
toward developing a regulatory framework that will provide, at a minimum, an equivalent level of safety for the integration of UAS into non-segregated airspace and at aerodromes
2.13 A key factor in safely integrating UAS in non-segregated airspace will be their ability to act and respond as
manned aircraft do….the performance (e.g.
transaction time and continuity of the communications link) as well as the timeliness of the aircraft’s response to ATC
instructions. Performance-based SARPs may be needed for each of these aspects.
FMRA 2012: What is the actual expectation for Sept 30, 2015?
Small UAS Rule?
Test sites: How do you evaluate integrated operations while meeting current safety standards?
Relationship with Nextgen Requirements?
UAS/RPA have tremendous potential - a matter of when, not if
For RPA vs “traditional” aircraft, primary distinction is where pilot sits
Legislative deadlines often incompatible with pace of regulatory & technical development
Stakeholder involvement, collaboration critical