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Establish Risk-Based Thresholds for Approvals Needed to Certify UAS for Safe Operation

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At present, FAA has taken steps toward the full integration of UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS) by considering waivers for expanded and non-segregated operations. Expanded and non-segregated operations will afford UAS operations in the same airspace as manned aircraft. Such operations will most likely involve interaction between UAS pilots, manned pilots and air traffic controllers - in a similar manner as aircraft operations are conducted today under instrument flight rules (IFR).

The ASSURE research team will focus on two elements of safety assurance. The first pertains to pilot training standards; the second focusses on recommending a framework related to aircraft performance-based certification considerations across a range of operational approvals.

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Kurt J. Carraway
UAS Executive Director | Applied Aviation Research Center