President Obama Signs FAA Reform Act into Law

President Obama has signed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act 2012—with funding and provisions for granting military, commercial, and privately-owned unmanned aircraft greater access to US airspace and air traffic management systems modernisation—into law.

The bill includes important provisions on the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system; in fact, public airspace in the U.S. is expected to open to unmanned aircraft flights within four years. The bill will also help speed the switch to an air traffic control system based on GPS (global positioning system) technology, rather than on radar.

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