The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that small UAS are “currently the most dynamic growth sector within the aviation industry.” By 2020, it is estimated that about 30,000 small unmanned aircrafts will be used for all types of business purposes. Currently, the FAA has allocated $63.4 billion for the modernization of the country’s air traffic control systems as well as an expansion of airspace to accommodate the commercial use of UAS.
Total spending for small unmanned aircraft systems worldwide is expected to reach $89.1 billion over the next 10 years.
The increasing use of drones for commercial purposes has become one of the biggest emerging threats to the future of airplane safety. The expected rise in the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for a host of different applications may leave operators exposed to a whole new set of risks, including third-party damage or injury and liability and one of the biggest risks, will be from radio frequency interference, resulting in loss of control, and, in the worst cases, fatalities.
Other problems include invasion of privacy, aerial surveillance and data collection.
With the ability to collect massive amounts of unsolicited data, UAVs present an enormous threat to individual privacy and a significant challenge for businesses and insurance carriers.