Snapping at the heels of today’s commercial air transport industry is the sector’s unruly younger cousin, variously dubbed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned aerial systems (UAS), remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs), or just—and particularly in a military context—drones. Today they are increasingly generically known as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and they are the scary, radical teenagers of the aviation world. The growth of this industry ...

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