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Unmanned Aircraft (UA) / Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

OPAUnmanned Aircraft (UA) – FAA Definition – A device used or intended to be used for flight in the air that has no onboard pilot. The device can be any type of airplane, helicopter, airship, glider (powered or unpowered), powered-lift aircraft, or tethered aircraft without an onboard pilot. Unmanned free balloons and unmanned rockets discussed in 14 CFR part 101 are not considered UA.

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) – FAA Definition – An unmanned aircraft and its associated elements related to safe operation, which may include control stations, data links, support equipment, payloads, flight termination systems, and launch/recovery equipment.





Reference FAA Order 8130.34C  Airworthiness Certification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Optionally Piloted Aircraft

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