March 4, 2014
By Benét J. Wilson
With the small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) market set to reach $582.2 million by the end of 2019, the industry is getting more visibility in the public eye. The FAA recently released information debunking several myths about unmanned aircraft, often known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
A new report by Dallas-based global market research and consulting firm MarketsandMarkets provides an analysis of the global small UAV market over the next six years. Despite defense budget cuts in major countries including the United States and the United Kingdom, the unmanned aircraft market is booming, and lot of money is spent on the research and development of small UAVs.
An increase in civil and military applications remains the driving factors for the global small UAV market, with growth regions in India, South Korea, China, Germany, France, and Australia.
Meanwhile, as the FAA continues to be in the news over its handling of unmanned aircraft, the agency has come out with “Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft.” The agency busts seven myths in the online resource, including these:
AOPA continues to maintain its position that unmanned aircraft be held to the same safety requirements—including the ability to safely sense and avoid other aircraft—as those of manned aircraft. As unmanned aircraft will be sharing the National Airspace System, everyone flying in it, including general aviation pilots, should be able to do so safely.
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
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The legal status of unmanned aircraft systems (also called UAVs—unmanned aerial vehicles—and more colloquially, “drones”) has now been confirmed to technically be “aircraft” subject to relevant FAR Part 91 general operating and flight rules.
The FAA must take steps to expedite rulemaking for small unmanned aircraft, AOPA told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in a Dec. 10 statement.
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