It is highly advisable to take the AOPA Online Course on Unmanned Aircraft Systems - it is good for WINGS credit too!
International Drone Day - a day to show all that unmanned systems are good
AOPA Article on Drones: Droning on - March 2015
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Massive Open Online Course - UAS Key concepts for new users
In January, Embry-Riddle Worldwide will offer its fifth MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) to anyone with an Internet connection and a desire to learn about aviation. And it is free!
This MOOC, Unmanned Aerospace Systems (UAS) – Key Concepts for New Users, is expected to be followed by more free online courses from Embry-Riddle professors specializing in other aviation and aerospace fields. So if learning about unmanned aerospace systems does not interest you, there is bound to be a MOOC that piques your aerospace interest in coming months.
Nov 27, 2015 - FAA released their safety guide in time for Black Friday shopping -
March 28, 2016 - FAA projects 7 million UAVs sold in US by 2020
Read more in their Aerospace Forecast below
and below that the Concept of Operations regarding flight crew training etc.
September 2016: Protecting the Sky - Rohde-Schwarz Whitepaper
Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus - sUAS User Guide
The two articles below written by an attorney with no aviation background...
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Read the following first...
May 2016 - Game of drones - AOPA Article
April 22, 2016 - Aviation Week Article - The Strange History Of The Word ‘Drone’
UAS Maintenance: The same, but different
Great article written to address these issues.... since there is no compliance program with the FAA as yet, despite UAS being classified as aircraft.
In case you are interested in the early history of UAS and the AMA, below are three books available for download
UAS DEFINITIONS AND ACRONYMS
Unmanned Aircraft (UA): A device used or intended to be used for flight in the air that has no onboard pilot. This device excludes missiles, weapons, or exploding warheads, but includes all classes of airplanes, helicopters, airships, and powered-lift aircraft without an onboard pilot. UA do not include traditional balloons (see 14 CFR Part 101), rockets, tethered aircraft and un-powered gliders.
Crewmember [UAS]: In addition to the crewmembers identified in 14 CFR Part 1, a UAS flightcrew member includes pilots, sensor/payload operators, and visual observers (VO), but may include other persons as appropriate or required to ensure safe operation of the aircraft.
Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS): An unmanned aircraft and its associated elements related to safe operations, which may include control stations (ground, ship, or air-based), control links, support equipment, payloads, flight termination systems, and launch/recovery equipment. It consists of three elements:
• Unmanned Aircraft;
• And Data Link.
National Airspace System (NAS): The common network of U.S. airspace—air navigation facilities, equipment, and services; airports or landing areas; aeronautical charts, information and services; rules, regulations, and procedures; technical information; and manpower and material.
Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen): According to the FAA’s Destination 2025, (2011): “NextGen is a series of inter-linked programs, systems, and policies that implement advanced technologies and
capabilities to dramatically change the way the current aviation system is operated. NextGen is satellite-based and relies on a network to share information and digital communications so all users of the system are aware of other users’ precise locations.”
Airworthiness Certification: process that the FAA uses to ensure that an aircraft design complies with the appropriate safety standards in the applicable airworthiness regulations
Certificate of Waiver or Authorization: an FAA grant of approval for a specific flight operation. The authorization to operate a UAS in the NAS as a public aircraft outside of Restricted, Warning, or Prohibited areas approved for aviation activities
Collision Avoidance: the Sense and Avoid system function where the UAS takes appropriate action to prevent an intruder from penetrating the collision volume. Action is expected to be initiated within a relatively short time horizon before closest point of approach. The collision avoidance funciton engages when all other modes of spearation fail.
Communication link: the voice or data relay of instructions or informaiton between the UAS pilot and the air traffic controller and other NAS users
Control Station: the equipment used to maintain control, communicate with, guide, or otherwise pilot an unmanned aircraft
Crewmember (UAS): in addition to the crewmembers identified in 14 CFR Part 1, a UAS flightcrew member includes pilots, sensor/payload operators, and visual observers, but may include other persons as appropriate or required to ensure safe operation of the aircraft
Data link: ground-to-air communicaitons system which transmits information via digital coded pulses
Detect and Avoid: term used instead of Sense and Avoid by RTCA
Optionally Piloted Aircraft: aircraft that is integrated with UAS technology and still retains the capability of being flown by an onboard pilot using conventional methods
Pathfinder: an initial UAS airworthiness certification program that will aid the FAA in the establishment of certification requrements
See and Avoid: when weather conditions permit, pilots operating instrument flight rules or visual flight rules are required to observe and maneuver to avoid another aircraft
Self-Separation: Sense and Avoid system function where the UAS maneuvers within a sufficient timeframe to remain well clear of other airborne traffic
Sense and Avoid: the capability of a UAS to remain well clear from and avoid collisions with other airborne traffic. Sense and Avoid provides the functions of self-separation and collision avoidance to establish an analogous capability to "see and avoid" required by manned aircraft
Small Unmanned Aircraft: UAS weighing less than 55 pounds
Visual line-of-Sight: unaided (corrective lenses and/or sunglasses exempted) visual contact between a pilot-in-command or a visual observer and a UAS sufficient to maintain safe operational control of the aircraft, know its location, and be able to scan the airspace in which it is operating to see and avoid other traffic or objects aloft or on the ground
Sarah Nilsson, JD, PhD, MAS
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