North America (Change)

On October 2, 2019, the Blue Ribbon Task Force on UAS Mitigation at Airports released its report on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) integration, detection, identification, and mitigation in and around airports. The Task Force, jointly commissioned in April 2019 by Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), recommends the U.S. Congress appropriate more funds to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Canadian government appropriate more funds to Transport Canada, and both legislative bodies extend UAS interdiction authority to trained state and local law enforcement agencies. “Whether the origin of drone activity near airports is careless, clueless or criminal, the escalating frequency of drone-related incidents present a security, operational and economic challenge to North American airports and their surrounding communities,” said Deborah Flint, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).

Blue Ribbon Task Force Releases Report on UAS Mitigation at Airports, October 2, 2019,