Advances in technology, improved designs and imaginative applications have led small unmanned air systems – frequently referred to by regulators and users by the popular term “drones” – to be increasingly seen as ready for widespread civil use. But while they are generally regarded, from a capability point of view, as having long since moved past the stage of merely having the potential to be economically useful, there remain serious questions about safety. That is, unless UAVs can share ordinary airspace with crewed aircraft, their use will remain highly restricted.
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