July 22, 2015 11:00AM (ET)

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): A Paradigm Shift in Aviation

This presentation in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) was designed to present the key concepts, attributes, challenges, and economic benefits associated with UAS integration in the National Airspace System (NAS). The UAS sector of aviation is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic segments within the industry. Currently the majority of UAS growth has been in support of the Department of Defense, however, recent congressional mandates have begun to press the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to determine methods to accommodate this bourgeoning market. Potential commercial UAS applications include: aerial photography, power line and pipeline inspection, precision agriculture, geospatial mapping, public safety, and many more.

Attendees will gain knowledge of:

  • UAS System Components and Classification
  • UAS Design and limitations
  • Current State of Regulatory Guidance and Proposed Legislations
  • Issues Associated with UAS Airspace Integration
  • Future Trends affecting the UAS Industry

Presenter: Tom Haritos, College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)

Tom Haritos is an Assistant Professor and a faculty researcher for the College of Aviation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach, Florida. Tom holds a terminal degree as an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) from Nova Southeastern University (NSU), a Master of Science in Aeronautics with a safety/management dual specialization from ERAU, a Bachelor of Science Degree in aviation maintenance management from Lewis University, and is currently in the dissertation phase for his doctorate in computer and information Sciences from NSU. Tom is also an FAA licensed airframe and powerplant technician. Tom has extensive experience with both manned aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), computer-based applications, aviation and aerospace simulations systems, and extension/outreach curriculum development and implementation for teaching and learning. Tom’s research interests include: human-computer interaction, UAS operator selection and training, detect and avoid for UAS integration, the use of virtual reality (VR) technologies to train complex aviation flight and maintenance task. Tom also holds interest in regulatory aspects that currently affect the aviation industry as a whole.



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