To carry out quick-reaction civil missions like wildfire spotting, UAVs must be part of the FAA system. Challenge is to make safety for others on the ground and in the air affordable.
UAV operators have long dreamed of flying in civil airspace like piloted aircraft, but the challenge is to prove equivalent safety without incurring prohibitive cost. The attempt to achieve that goal of an FAA-certified unmanned air vehicle, pilot and overall system is now underway via the NASA-industry "Access 5" project, with the first of four steps to be implemented by September 2006. Access 5 will propose policy, regulations and procedures to the FAA, and conduct demonstrations of ...
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