If you're expecting to see unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flying legally through the air on a regular basis soon, you're going to have to wait awhile longer, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
While it's no secret that Congress told the FAA to develop a plan for integrating UAS into the U.S. airspace by September 2015, an official from the agency has reiterated this fact, telling the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) that airlines do not need to worry about UAS in the air “anytime soon,” according to a report from AINonline.
Following reports over time of potentially hazardous UAS operations near manned aircraft, the FAA reassured the ALPA that the agency is taking “slow, deliberative steps” to allow UAS “into more busy airspace.”
This conversation took place at the ALPA’s Air Safety Forum, which focused mostly on the rules regarding UAS and the concerns raised from manned and unmanned aircraft’s shared space.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., recently spoke out about the lack of regulations for UAS and urged feds to pick up the pace in setting them.
The full AINonline report can be found here.