The amount of drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), in the National Airspace System (NAS) is expected to dramatically increase by the year 2021. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), this all depends on how quickly the regulatory environment can evolve. To encourage deregulation and facilitate the cost-saving utility of UAS across industries, businesses should take a multi-tiered approach to risk management.
Commercial drone flight is slowly becoming a reality as various industries realize the benefits that unmanned flight delivers. While much ado is being made of enterprising companies capitalizing on the Amazon delivery business strategy, the potential for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flight expands far beyond college students’ ability to get a burrito in record time. From disaster relief and precision agriculture to utility inspection and film and TV production, UAS technology is delivering real-world benefits across the globe.