Leaders in aviation have made significant progress towards the successful integration of drones into global airspace, according to a new report.
A leading US aviation attorney believes the ‘baby steps’ taken by the FAA in August are the right ones to incorporate drones into airspace worldwide.
In a column for AviationPros, the LeClairRyan aviation attorney described how the latest trials by the FAA meant the US was heading in the right direction.
He said: “Integrating UAS into national airspace may not rank next to the moonshot in the annals of human achievement. However, it is similar in at least one respect, it will most certainly be hard.”
He added: “The trials in Oklahoma, Virginia, North Carolina and Kansas included using a drone to deliver medical supplies to a rural area; testing drones beyond the line of sight; and even using a drone to deliver an ice cream cone to a child.”
Dombroff concluded by saying how recent efforts amounted to early but significant milestones on the path to UAS integration.
He said: “Bringing a new traffic-management system into reality will require deep involvement on the part of nearly all parties in the aviation business today.”