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AUVSI: Congressional conference will decide direction of US airspace access laws

11th August 2009 - 19:40 GMT | by in Washington, DC

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The future of a US House of Representatives proposal for unmanned air systems (UAS) to be allowed to operate in non-segregated airspace alongside manned aircraft from September 2013 increasingly depends on an anticipated joint conference with the US Senate where corresponding legislation favours conducting restricted access trials.

The Senate FAA air transportation modernization and safety improvement act (S.1451), introduced 14 July, calls upon the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a comprehensive UAS airspace integration plan within one year of the final legislation being approved.

However the bill also sets a deadline for 10 April 2010 for completion of that plan

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