Bridging the Gap: Sustaining UAS Progress While Pursuing a Regulatory Framework

Bridging the Gap: Sustaining UAS Progress While Pursuing a Regulatory Framework

August 24, 2020  | Paul Lewis, Ken Dunlap

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) offer a stunning range of capabilities to connect people with goods and services that may normally be inaccessible to them. They can replace the human element for dangerous inspections, monitor environmental changes in remote locations, and potentially reduce the carbon footprint of portions of the transportation network. The data gathered in writing this report highlight that the rapid development of UAS technologies contrasts with the relatively slow evolution of laws and regulations to ensure their safe use. As a result, oversight currently functions largely on a “by-exception” basis while policymakers and the aviation industry slowly work toward the vision of integrating UAS into a permanent regulatory framework. This report proposes several concrete steps to build that framework, while honing the existing one to save resources, speed development, and ensure safety in the meantime.


Check out Eno’s collaboration with the Thinking Through Autonomy Podcast, which includes discussions with industry leaders on the future of UAS.

Thinking Through Autonomy Podcast: Episode with Paul Lewis, Vice President of Policy and Finance, Eno Center for Transportation

Thinking Through Autonomy Podcast: Episode with Danielle Rinsler, Head of Aviation Policy, and John Illson, Head of Aviation Safety, Uber

Thinking Through Autonomy Podcast: Episode with Stella Weidner, Director of Regulatory Affairs-Autonomous Systems Engineering, Boeing

Thinking Through Autonomy Podcast: Episode with Andrew Cebula, Vice President, NextGen and New Entrants, Airlines for America

Thinking Through Autonomy Podcast: Episode with Paul Snyder, Assistant Chair/Director of UAS Program, University of North Dakota

Thinking Through Autonomy Podcast: Episode with Steve Jangelis, Aviation Safety Chairman, ALPA


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