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Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Planning

PAS QuickNotes 79

The term unmanned aircraft system (UAS) refers to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or “drone”), its remote controller, and (unless fully autonomous) its remote pilot. Because these systems can provide real-time visual or spatial information at a fraction of the cost of manned aircraft, a growing number of communities are exploring opportunities to integrate drones into their planning activities. This edition of PAS QuickNotes provides a brief overview of drone technology and regulations and highlights three specific ways communities can use unmanned aircraft to improve planning processes.

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