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Project Title: Assessing the Risks of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration

PIN: DEPS-ASEB-16-03         

Major Unit:
Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit:
Aeronautics & Space Engineering Board DEPS

Day, Dwayne

Subject/Focus Area:
Engineering and Technology; Space and Aeronautics

Assessing the Risks of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration
January 31, 2018 - February 2, 2018
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Dionna Wise
Phone: 202-334-2447


Committee on Assessing the Risks of
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration

Draft Agenda
Meeting #1: January 31- February 2, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Keck Center Room 201
500 5th St., NW Washington, D.C. 20001

7:30 a.m. Breakfast available in the meeting room

8:29 a.m. Meeting Convenes

8:30 a.m. Update from the FAA Sabrina Saunders

9:00 a.m. Amazon Perspectives on UAS Sean Cassidy

9:45 a.m. Northrop Grumman Perspectives on UAS Doug Davis
Northrop Grumman

10:30 a.m. SARP Rodney Cole/Ted Lester/Dallas Brooks

11:15 a.m. TBD TBD


12:00 p.m. Discussion will continue over lunch in the meeting room

1:00 p.m. TBD TBD

2:00 p.m. TBD TBD

5:00 p.m. Meeting moves to alternate location for working dinner at 6:00 pm

6:00 p.m. Working dinner at [LOCATION]

8:30 p.m. Meeting adjourns

Thursday, February 1, 2018
Keck Center Room 201
500 5th St., NW Washington, D.C. 20001


7:30 a.m. Room Opens (Working breakfast available in the meeting room)

8:30 a.m. Meeting Convenes

9:00 a.m. TBD TBD

10:00 a.m. TBD TBD

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. TBD TBD

12:15 p.m. Working lunch available in the Meeting Room

1:15 p.m. TBD TBD

3:15 p.m. Break

5:30 p.m. Adjourn for the Day

Friday, February 2, 2018
Keck Center Room 201
500 5th St., NW Washington, D.C. 20001


7:30 a.m. Room Opens (Working breakfast available in the meeting room)

8:30 a.m. TBD TBD

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. TBD TBD

11:30 a.m. TBD TBD

12:00 p.m. Lunch available in the refectory

Statement of Task
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will appoint an ad hoc committee with representation from industry, academia and government to undertake a study to evaluate the potential of probabilistic assessments of risks and other risk assessment methods for streamlining the process of integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace system (NAS) and identify supporting research and development opportunities in this field. The committee will execute the following tasks:
• Consider recent, current, and planned FAA efforts to evaluate the risks associated with the integration of UAS into the national airspace system and risk assessment methods.
• Consider mechanisms for assessing severity and likelihood metrics required for probabilistic and other appropriate risk assessment methods based on UAS design characteristics (e.g., weight, speed, materials, and technologies) and operational characteristics (e.g., airspace characteristics, population density, and whether they are piloted remotely or autonomously).
• Determine how the scope and detail required of risk assessment methods may vary for different sizes and operations of UAS (e.g., Part 107 vs. Part 91 operations) and whether certain classes of UAS (micro, etc.) could be operated with the assumption they are inherently low risk.
• Evaluate other methods that could reasonably be used to evaluate the risks of UAS integration in the NAS. What are the benefits and limitations of these alternate methods? How do these alternate methods compare to probabilistic risk assessment methods as well as severity and likelihood metrics traditionally used by the FAA for manned aircraft?
• What state of the art assessment methods are currently in use by industry, academia, other agencies of the U.S. government, or other international civil aviation authorities that could benefit the FAA?
• What are the key advancements or goals for performance-based expanded UAS operations in the NAS that can reasonably be achieved through the application of the recommended risk assessment methods in the short-term (1-5 years), mid-term (5-10 years) and the longer-term (10-20 years).
• What are the key challenges or barriers that must be overcome to implement the recommended risk assessment methods in order to attain these key goals?
• In light of ongoing research and likely advances in risk assessment methods by other organizations, what research and development projects related to risk assessment methods should be the highest priority for the FAA?
• Are there other related recommendations to streamline FAA processes (not governed by regulation) that would either improve the effectiveness of risk assessment methods for integration of UAS into the national airspace system or expedite the development of such methods?
The committee may also comment on the effectiveness of risk assessment methods as they pertain to decision making and different modes of UAS operations. However, the committee will not recommend changes to regulations governing UAS operations, nor will the study recommend changes to the organization of the FAA. The scope of this study includes UAS certifications well as operational approval.

Last updated: December 15, 12 PM.

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