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Analysis of the applicability of existing airworthiness classification schemes to the unmanned aircraft fleet

AIAC15: 15th Australian International Aerospace Congress

Abstract: A variety of regulatory classification schemes have been proposed for civil unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Many are based on schemes used in the regulation of conventionally piloted aircraft (CPA) and model aircraft. It has been proposed that the use of existing schemes may not account for the differences between the UAS fleet and the CPA and model aircraft fleets and in particular the nature of the risks posed by their operations. This paper sets out to identify and characterise potential differences amongst the fleets and to determine the applicability of existing regulatory classification schemes. A database comprising information on fixed-wing UAS, CPA and model aircraft types is used. The aircraft are classified using existing regulatory classification schemes. Comparisons are then made between the respective classes of the three fleets using a range of attributes. Significant differences between the respective fleets are identified, indicating that existing classification schemes may not be suitable for the classification of UAS.

To cite this article: Palmer, JL and Clothier, RA. Analysis of the applicability of existing airworthiness classification schemes to the unmanned aircraft fleet [online]. In: AIAC15: 15th Australian International Aerospace Congress. Melbourne, Vic.: Australian International Aerospace Congress, 2013: 228-244. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=352631537076311;res=IELENG> ISBN: 9780987086334. [cited 23 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Palmer, JL; Clothier, RA; Source: In: AIAC15: 15th Australian International Aerospace Congress. Melbourne, Vic.: Australian International Aerospace Congress, 2013: 228-244. DOI: Document Type: Conference Paper ISBN: 9780987086334 Subject: Predator (Drone aircraft); Aircraft accidents--Prevention; Airplanes--Airworthiness; Airplanes--Design and construction; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Air Vehicles Division, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, 506 Lorimer Street, Fishermans Bend, VIC 3207, Australia
(2) School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, PO Box 71, Bundoora, VIC 3083, Australia

Database: Engineering Collection