Identify Flight Recorder Requirements for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration into the National Airspace System (NAS)
The importance of fully understanding the root causes of accidents and incidents for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations increases as the UAS market matures towards passenger transport and cargo delivery. This research will perform a risk assessment and explore flight recorder requirements for a variety of UAS to include small UAS (sUAS), medium sized UAS, large UAS, and remotely piloted Urban Air Mobility (UAM) aircraft. The research will investigate potential unique flight data recorders (FDR) and cockpit voice recorders (CVR) differences between UAS types and traditional manned aircraft. It will also investigate requirements for remotely piloted UAM aircraft. It will perform flight crash testing of data recorders intended to support sUAS and medium sized UAS. Research findings will be shared with European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards bodies.
James Higgins, PhD ATP
Professor of Aviation
University of North Dakota