Unmanned Aerial Systems or more commonly referred to as (UAS), have the potential to impact fleet management for public agencies and are transforming the fleet industry throughout the United States. As the UAS industry grows and matures, the demand and diversified uses of UAS increases, the need to manage these programs and manage the vehicles that support these programs will change and need to adapt to the new reality.
When people think of UAS, they tend to think of and focus on the aircraft and the capabilities of the equipment in the air. Effectively understanding UAS is critical to understanding the mission, technological, and support equipment necessary to fully support the UAS mission capability. UAS is not just an aircraft or (drone). UAS is all of the associated support equipment, control station, data links, telemetry, communications and navigation equipment, audio and visual systems, sensors, and data storage systems that are necessary for operation.