The “Groundbreaking High Tech Research & Development Act” slated to be marked up this
Thursday will impact the research and development of drones for many years.
To quickly highlight the areas that will impact the industry, future uses and rules we find 5 major titles in areas of research to include, general provisions, FAA R&D, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Cyber security and FAA R&D development activities.
For the first time we are hearing about risk assessment that will include ballistic and impact studies on how drones will impact aircraft in flight.
The last title includes a research plan on integration to the NAS, including equipment, certification and provisions for UAS airworthiness, which is, mentioned as continued airworthiness four times in the document.
The bill was introduced by Steve Knight (R-CA) and is scheduled for a committee meeting Feb 11, 2016. According to the bill, $95,969,000 is budgeted for Safety Research and Development programs in 2016 which includes Title III that pertains