FAA initiates process to add COEs to the daunting task of regulating UASs

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ARTICLE: FAA Plans Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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The FAA has had great success with developing useful information for aviation through its Centers of Excellence (COEs). More than 75 universities/COEs, since 1990 authorization, have developed useful information for aviation and space including policy, guidance and overall safety improvements in many areas. Following that formula, the FAA has announced a competition for universities to become “think tanks” for the exploding UAS world.

The world of unmanned aerial systems is moving in a number of academically based research directions—propulsion, design, see-and-avoid systems, ATC-operator links and the applications which can be used on these vehicles. The incredibly complex arena of privacy might be a very efficacious area for the FAA to rely on scholars in these COEs.

It will be interesting to see what these COEs develop for the UAS regulation and operation.

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