The world can’t really agree on what to call them—let alone how to regulate them. Their proliferation has come about so fast it has taken nearly everyone by surprise, and their future is largely shrouded by an uneasy—if also exciting—feeling of the unknown. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), or—quite simply—drones. This muddle of language goes a long way in explaining why it is ...

Subscribe to Access this Entire Article

"Flying into the Unknown" is part of ATW Plus, our online premium membership. Subscribing will provide you access to exclusive news, carefully researched airline financial, fleet and traffic data, plus the option to receive our popular, award-winning print magazine. To learn more, click here. If viewing via ATW Mobile, please login and click "Read web article" to view fully. Questions?

Already registered? Log in here.