Assessing 'Drones for Good' -- Public UASs in the Middle East
The 2nd International Aviation Management Conference 2014
7 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2014
Date Written: November 19, 2014
The future challenges and opportunities in aviation are encapsulated by the projected billion dollar unmanned aerial system (“UAS”) or “drone” industry. While public perception is predominated by a militarized narrative of UAS applications, the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) is showcasing the technology’s versatility and welfare-enhancing and humanitarian uses through its “Vision 2021” initiative. This paper evaluates existing UAS aviation laws and regulatory regimes abroad to conclude that issues of airspace management, safety, and security must be managed if the UAE’s proposed model for civil UAS functionality is to be exportable to the private sector globally, whatever its success achieved domestically.
Keywords: unmanned aerial vehicles, commercial drones, airspace rights, autonomous aviation
JEL Classification: K23, L50, L93, Z00
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