Unmanned Aircraft in the National Airspace System

From the Wild West to the National Airspace System: Roadmap for Integration of Unmanned Aircraft into the National Airspace System

By David Cain, J.D.1

  • I. History of Aviation – Unde Vinimus
  • A. Unmanned Aviation
  • i. Early Unmanned Efforts: From Tethered Flight to World War I
  • ii. The Golden Age: Unmanned Flight from World War I to World War II
  • iii. From Radioplanes to Rockets: Unmanned Advancement in World War II
  • iv. Beyond the New Horizon: Unmanned Flight from World War II to Present
  • B. Regulatory History of Manned Aviation
  • i. Over the Channel and Through the War: Blériot to the Air Commerce Act
  • ii. The Aero Bramble Bush: Air Safety, Air Commerce, and the CAA
  • iii. The First Giant Leap: World War II and the Coming of the Jet Age
  • iv. Case on Point: The FAA and National Airspace Integration of Jet Aircraft
  • C. National Airspace System – The Rise and Fall of Latency
  • II. Current UAS Regulatory Landscape – Ubi Sumus
  • A. Recent Unmanned Regulation Timeline
  • B. RTCA Special Committee 203
  • C. Unmanned as Exceptions to the Rule
  • III. Roadmap for Regulatory Change – Quo Vadimus
  • IV. Conclusion – Quo Potuimus Vadere

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