FAA Faces Significant Barriers to Safely Integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) forecasts there will be roughly 7,500 active Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the United States in 5 years, with over $89 billion invested in UAS worldwide over the next 10 years. Concerned with the progress of integrating UAS into the National Airspace System (NAS), Congress established specific UAS provisions and deadlines for FAA in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. These actions include publishing a 5-year roadmap, establishing six test ranges, and completing the safe integration of UAS into the NAS by September 2015. The Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Commerce Committee and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and those Committees’ Aviation Subcommittees, requested that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) assess FAA’s progress in these efforts. Accordingly, the audit objectives were to assess (1) FAA’s efforts to mitigate safety risks for integrating UAS into the NAS, and (2) FAA’s progress and challenges in meeting the UAS requirements cited in the act.


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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01530976
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: AV-2014-061
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 2 2014 10:56AM