Airports and UAS

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) activity continues to grow for recreational and non-recreational uses. Recreational uses are most often by hobbyists for photography, racing, and sport. Non-recreational uses include law enforcement, emergency response, media coverage, delivery services, surveying, and utility inspection. Many airport operators see the potential benefits of using UAS for inspections, wildlife hazard management, security management, and emergency response to increase efficiency and reduce cost. But the rapid increase in UAS activity, coupled with the many stakeholders employing the technology, and the evolving regulatory landscape have also resulted in airports facing new challenges as they strive to provide users, tenants, and customers with a safe, secure, predictable operating environment. Airports need guidance, tools, and other resources to effectively address UAS issues and integrate UAS into their day-to-day operations and planning. There is a need to build on recent ACRP research, including ACRP Report 144: UAS and Airports–A Primer and ACRP Legal Research Digest 32, "Evolving Law on Airport Implications by Unmanned Aerial Systems Operations" to provide additional guidance and information related to UAS at airports. This research has resulted in several projects: Topic A: Managing Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the Vicinity of Airports Topic B: Engaging Stakeholders in UAS Topic C: Incorporating UAS into Airport Infrastructure and Planning Topic D: Potential Use of UAS by Airport Operators Topic E: Update to ACRP Research Report 144: Unmanned Aircraft Systems: A Primer


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $1000000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-42

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Managing Organizations:

    Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Incorporated

    8283 Greensboro Drive
    McLean, VA  United States  22102
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Performing Organizations:

    Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Incorporated

    8283 Greensboro Drive
    McLean, VA  United States  22102
  • Principal Investigators:

    Fernando, Chrishanth

  • Start Date: 20170203
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190601
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190601
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41478

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01626440
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-42
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Feb 26 2017 1:00AM