The vision to revolutionize mobility is one of the new frontiers in modem
aviation. Building on the anticipated successes of Part 135 applications
under the Integration Pilot Program (IPP) while supporting accessible air
transport systems and unmanned air cargo would be first to emerge to integrate
unmanned mobility with the need to carry cargo. An emerging role for the FAA
will develop by working with the community to identify and address the key
differences between unmanned and manned operations, as well as the opportunities and
challenges ahead underlying this near-term development. The passenger
transportation network ecosystem and its associated infrastructure and
technologies are likely to be among the most complex aviation.
The opportunities to facilitate the full integration of UAS, by using
what is available and outlining what will be needed, into the National
Airspace System (NAS) are enormous. The FAA needs to understand this environment
and take facilitating steps to prepare when the gradual transition to
autonomy eventually arrives. This research will highlight the anticipated needs
of the FAA to support further integration of UAS in cargo operations.