Security applications often take place in a confined environment and involve monitoring specific areas of interest - the same is true for uses like forensics and accident reconstruction. While applications, like Search and Rescue, involve looking for very specific targets of interest within a very large area. The ability to use sUAS in all of these examples is extremely beneficial to any public safety organization.
The Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Aviation Services (OAS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) regarding the operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) weighing 55 lbs (25 kg) or less engaged in public aircraft operations below 400 ft. (122 m) AGL.
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In recent months there has been an increase in media coverage of the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology, and in particular small (s)UAS, such as the Aeryon Scout™. At a time when there is growing controversy surrounding sUAS technology and how it is being used, we want to highlight a different perspective: the positive applications and benefits.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently selected six test sites (out of 25 proposals from 24 states) to conduct the research needed to determine the certification and operational requirements to safely integrate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into US airspace and allow people to use UAS technology in commercial applications. The six sites were selected because they represent the geographic and climatic diversity across the country.
As part of the UAS program, the FAA will help each test site establish safe test environments and ensure that each site operates under strict safety standards. Each test site is also required to comply with federal, state and other laws protecting an individual’s right to privacy; make privacy policies publicly available; provide a written plan for how the data will be used and retained; and conduct a review of the privacy practices, annually, that allows for public feedback.
Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) such as the Aeryon Scout™ have a broad range of applications in military, public safety, and commercial markets. Often recognized for their utility in dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs, sUAS are being used by commercial customers and other professional organizations to run their businesses more effectively, and in many cases to do jobs not previously possible.