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Civilian Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – The Flight Path From Legislation to Reality

October 10, 2012 • Webinar

Will you be able to use UAS in your trade or business? Does your business have a potential stake in the emerging global market for civilian UAS? Hear how close rapidly evolving UAS technology is to changing civil aviation as we know it.

UAS have been used by the military for years and are becoming increasingly utilized by Federal, state and local governments. While increased governmental operations are certainly not too far off, the path to widespread use in civil aviation is somewhat unclear. As the practical applications for UAS – agricultural, natural resources, journalism, cargo, real estate, and myriad others – become more apparent, commercial pressure grows, and Congress and FAA have begun to lay the groundwork, there are a number of issues that need to be resolved before civil UAS become a reality. This webinar will focus on several of the central concerns that loom large for operators, manufacturers, regulators, and other interested parties as this new regulatory environment emerges.

This webinar will explore:

  1. Potential civilian UAS applications: the here, near and far away.
  2. The impact of current legislation and regulations - or the lack thereof.
  3. The current regulatory environment, including operating and manufacturing authority, and the pending FAA rulemakings on small UAS and UAS test sites.
  4. The comprehensive legal framework needed for civilian UAS: privacy, liability, safety, certification and training, environmental and security issues.


Ben Gielow
Government Relations Manager and General Counsel

Rob Hughes
Principal Marketing Manager
Rockwell Collins

Gary Michel
Manager, Airworthiness Law Branch
Office of the Chief Counsel, FAA

D. Kirk Shaffer
Senior Counsel
Crowell & Moring


Gerry Murphy
Crowell & Moring

The webinar will begin at 2:00 PM EDT.

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