It is anticipated that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will increase in activity within the airport environment and will expand due to market demand, operational requirements, and changes in UAS specifications (such as size, weight, and payload). To date, the majority of small UAS, defined as less than 55 pounds, operate outside of the airport environment. However, some public airports are currently supporting limited UAS operations (like testing, agriculture, survey, photography, and racing).
As a result, this pre-publication draft of ACRP (Airport Cooperative Research Program) Research Report 212: Airports and Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Volume 2: Incorporating UAS into Airport Infrastructure— Planning Guidebook provides suggested planning, operational, and infrastructure guidance to safely integrate existing and anticipated UAS operations into an airport environment.
This guidebook is particularly applicable to smaller airports (non-hub and general aviation) without capacity issues. The planning approach could help these airports prepare for and attract UAS operations for additional revenue in the near term. Larger airports (large, medium, and small hubs) are likely less inclined to be interested in attracting UAS operations in the near term, but they will have to accommodate UAS as they are integrated into the commercial cargo and passenger aircraft fleet in the future.
Volume 1: Managing and Engaging Stakeholders on UAS in the Vicinity of Airports provides guidance for airport operators and managers to interact with UAS operations in the vicinity of airports.
Volume 3: Potential Use of UAS by Airport Operators provides airports with resources to appropriately integrate UAS missions as part of their standard operations.
Table of Contents
|2 UAS Terminology and Classifications||13-14|
|3 Current Conditions||15-23|
|4 Airport Opportunities, Issues and Challenges||24-26|
|5 Airport Infrastructure Planning for UAS||27-71|
|6 Anticipated Future Conditions||72-84|
|7 Appendix: PDT Airport Master Plan Appendix||85-90|
|8 Appendix: General Airport Issues and Challenges with UAS||91-109|
|9 Appendix: UAS Forecast Process||110-116|
|10 Appendix: UAS and Airport Operational Guidance||117-119|
|11 Appendix: How to Tools||120-123|
|12 Appendix: Case Studies||124-125|
|13 Appendix: Other Resources||126-130|
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