FAA to Begin Testing UAV Detect-and-Avoid Systems This Year Written 3 March 2021


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FlightGlobal reports that the FAA plans to begin testing of UAV detect-and-avoid systems before the end of this year. The tests “will run through 2023 and will occur at five US commercial airports – those in Atlantic City (New Jersey), Columbus (Ohio), Huntsville (Alabama), Seattle-Tacoma (Washington) and Syracuse (New York), the FAA says on 2 March.” The FAA said, “Researchers plan to test and evaluate at least 10 technologies or systems at these airports.” The FAA “provides no details about the systems it intends to evaluate other than to say they are intended to ‘detect and mitigate potential safety risks’ posed by drones to manned aircraft. Government documents say such systems could employ radar, radio-frequency, electro-optical, infrared or acoustic technologies.”
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