In 2017, a Presidential Memorandum established the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program. The three-year program, led by ten regions, focused on advancing complex UAS operations in the National Airspace System. The Kansas team, led by the Kansas Department of Transportation Division of Aviation, focused on efforts in Long Line Linear Infrastructure Inspection and Precision Agriculture. The FAA is tackling the remaining challenges of UAS integration through a new program called BEYOND. These challenge areas are:
Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations that are repeatable, scalable and economically viable with specific emphasis on infrastructure inspection, public operations and small package delivery.
Leveraging industry operations to better analyze and quantify the societal and economic benefits of UAS operations.
Focusing on community engagement efforts to collect, analyze and address community concerns.