Unmanned State Aircraft and the Exercise of Due Regard

In December of 2013, the manufacturer of a sense and avoid system successfully demonstrated, for the first time, the ability of an unmanned aircraft equipped with "due regard radar" to fly in proximity to other aircraft. This paper will examine the requirement of operating with due regard in light of the apparent capabilities of "due regard radar," or "sense and avoid" systems. Some of the issues examined include: When does the obligation to exercise "due regard" arise? To whom does it apply? This requires analyzing the definition of "State aircraft." What does "due regard" mean, and how can an unmanned aircraft exercise it? The article will also review some of the implications of integrating UAVs - particularly fully autonomous UAVs - into airspace used by civil aircraft.


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  • Accession Number: 01528416
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 17 2014 4:02PM