NBAA2014 – Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition

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Unmanned Aircraft Systems Issues to Be Examined at NBAA2014

Sept. 15, 2014

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) offer the potential to support a variety of industries that utilize business aviation, and two sessions taking place at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014) will provide valuable information about upcoming regulations governing UAS operations, as well as their expected impact on the industry.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 3 to 4 p.m., "Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Regulatory and Legal Developments" will focus on the future of UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS) and the technological, regulatory and privacy issues that remain. Panelists will share their thoughts on the FAA’s 2015 mandated deadline to enable UAS to fly in the NAS, as well as a possible timeline for full integration.

That session will be followed on Wednesday, Oct. 22 with "Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Opportunities for Business Aviation" from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Participants will discuss applications under development for commercial UAS, and how flight departments may prepare for the use of these new technologies.

Chris Strong, NBAA senior vice president of conventions and membership, said these sessions are forerunners to what he expects will be an expanding presence for UAS at future NBAA conventions.

"Unmanned aircraft are a growing part of the business aviation community," noted Strong. "We're hearing more about UAS on both the regulatory and functional usage level, and NBAA2014 offers a valuable opportunity for discussion between those familiar with the progress toward full integration into the NAS, and those interested in learning more about how UAS may be beneficial to their operations."

The FAA last month announced the start of operations at its sixth and final UAS test site at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The FAA granted seven certificates of waiver or authorization for Virginia Tech to conduct tests. The school joins five other organizations in the test UAS program. They are: University of Alaska, state of Nevada, New York’s Griffiss International Airport (RME), North Dakota Department of Commerce and Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Read, "Sixth and Final UAS Test Program Now Operational."

NBAA2014 will take place Oct. 21 to 23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Learn more about NBAA2014.