On November 7, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the release of Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) Roadmap. The document, mandated by the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA), outlines a five-year plan intended to ensure the use of UAS is safely integrated into the NAS.
Announcing the publication of the document, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “This Roadmap is an important step forward that will help stakeholders understand the operational goals and safety issues we need to consider when planning for the future of our airspace.”
The IACP recognizes the important role of small unmanned aircraft in public safety applications, including improved situational awareness for responders, search and rescue, crime scene documentation, and other critical operations. The IACP Aviation Committee has maintained a leading role in representing law enforcement’s interests, publishing Recommended Guidelines for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft in August, 2012 to help agencies develop policies for the use of UAS that enhance public safety while respecting the privacy concerns of the community. The committee will continue to work with the FAA as well as other stakeholders to facilitate the integration of UAS into public safety operations.