FAA UPDATES COUNTER-DRONE GUIDANCE FOR U.S. AIRPORTS

| June 7, 2019

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On May 7, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Office of Airports Safety and Standards released up-to-date guidance on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) detection or prevention systems near commercial airports.  Such systems are referred to as counter-UAS, or C-UAS for short, and may be further categorized as “detection” or “countermeasure” systems depending on their capabilities. The FAA stated that security staff might consider the use of “detection” C-UAS that can spot and track drones, but that they should not at this time use active “countermeasure” systems that could jam or destroy drones.

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