Without onboard pilots, drones fly by either remote control or along preprogrammed routes. Commercial uses for these unmanned aerial systems are growing, from wedding photographers snapping aerial photos to companies testing them for delivering goods.
Since 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration has been developing plans to safely integrate unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace. Listen to Gerald Dillingham, a director in GAO’s Physical Infrastructure team, discuss his team’s recent review of FAA’s progress on drone integration.
(Excerpted from GAO-15-610)