Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) 2019 Guide for Virginia's Airports
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as drones, are growing at an exponential rate throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, our country and the world. As of 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) asserts that there are more than 19,000 sUAS registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Thus, this creates a potential increase in conflicts between manned aircraft and UAS in the airspace, especially surrounding airports.
Therefore, a working group of airport directors/managers, public safety personnel, the Virginia Department of Aviation, and the FAA assembled to provide common guidance for the integration of sUAS on or near public airports in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The Commonwealth of Virginia remains a leader in the unmanned systems industry, and we look forward to working with you to continue elevating Virginia in the unmanned sector.