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FAA on airport drone detection systems

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In order to support the safe integration of UAS detection systems into the airport environment, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provided important information and continues to work closely with airport operators who are considering installing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) detection systems or have already installed such systems on or near their airports.

The FAA understands airport safety and security concerns raised by the malicious or errant use of UAS – also commonly known as drones – and the agency shares these concerns. Whether a new drone pilot or one with years of experience, rules and safety tips exist to help pilots fly safely in the national airspace and the FAA is working on detection of drones at airports.

The agency expects to supplement this information with additional information related to UAS detection system coordination as it refines its processes and procedures for safe UAS detection system use and coordinated operational response at or around airports.

The FAA also provided information regarding the prohibition on the use of non-federal counter-UAS technologies at or around airports. These systems could pose an aviation safety risk by interfering with aircraft navigation and air navigation services.

The FAA does not support the use of counter-UAS systems by any entities other than federal departments with explicit statutory authority to use this technology, including requirements for extensive coordination with the FAA to ensure safety risks are mitigated.

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Editor in chief is Linda Hohnholz.