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Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems

2nd Edition

Edited by Douglas M. Marshall, Richard K. Barnhart, Eric Shappee, Michael Thomas Most

CRC Press

377 pages | 26 Color Illus. | 95 B/W Illus.

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Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems surveys the fundamentals of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations, from sensors, controls, and automation to regulations, safety procedures, and human factors. It is designed for the student or layperson and thus assumes no prior knowledge of UASs, engineering, or aeronautics. Dynamic and well-illustrated, the first edition of this popular primer was created in response to a need for a suitable university-level textbook on the subject.

Fully updated and significantly expanded, this new Second Edition:

  • Reflects the proliferation of technological capability, miniaturization, and demand for aerial intelligence in a post-9/11 world
  • Presents the latest major commercial uses of UASs and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)
  • Enhances its coverage with greater depth and support for more advanced coursework
  • Provides material appropriate for introductory UAS coursework in both aviation and aerospace engineering programs

Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Second Edition capitalizes on the expertise of contributing authors to instill a practical, up-to-date understanding of what it takes to safely operate UASs in the National Airspace System (NAS). Complete with end-of-chapter discussion questions, this book makes an ideal textbook for a first course in UAS operations.


"I was very pleasantly surprised to see how carefully and thoughtfully this edition has updated the subject matter. … I like the addition of new and challenging topics, particularly 'UAS Airframe and Powerplant Design' and 'Policy and Public Perception.' … Iwould choose this second edition for my next class. … [This edition offers] amuch-needed and updated compendium of the unmanned aircraft world. [It is] a must read for someone who wants to get beyond the marketing and headlines and understand the promise, problems, and future for unmanned aircraft systems."

—Harry Kieling, Adjunct Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage, USA

Table of Contents


Charles Jarnot, Edited by Ben Trapnell

UAS Applications

Mark Blanks

The "System" in UAS

Joshua Brungardt with Kurt Barnhart

UAS Sensing: Theory and Practice

Gabe Ladd

U.S. Aviation Regulatory System

Douglas M. Marshall

Human Factors in Unmanned Aerial Systems

Warren Jensen

Safety Assessments

Eric J. Shappee

Export Control and ITAR

Eric McClafferty and Rose Mooney

Unmanned Aircraft System Design

Brian Argrow

UAS Airframe and Powerplant Design

Michael Most

UAS Subsystem Nexus: The Electrical System

Michael Most

Communication Systems

Saeed M. Khan

Command and Control

Nathan Maresch

Unmanned Aircraft Subsystem Integration

William H. Semke

Detect and Avoid

Dallas Brooks and Stephen Cook

Policy and Public Perception

Ben Miller

The Future of Unmanned Aircraft Systems

R. Kurt Barnhart

Epilogue: A Final Word

Richard Kurt Barnhart, Douglas M. Marshall, Michael T. Most, and Eric J. Shappee

About the Editors

Douglas M. Marshall, J.D., is the president of TrueNorth Consulting LLC and an adjunct professor at the International Aviation Law Institute, De Paul University College of Law. Previously, he was division manager, UAS regulations and standards development at the Physical Science Laboratory, New Mexico State University; and professor of aviation at the University of North Dakota. He has participated full-time in UAS-related activities for more than 10 years, coedited and authored several books and publications, and served on numerous committees dedicated to the development of UAS. Currently, he chairs the ASTM F38.02.01 Task Group on Standards for Operations Over People.

Richard K. Barnhart, Ph.D., is a professor, associate dean of research, executive director of the Applied Aviation Research Center, and graduate faculty member at Kansas State Polytechnic. Previously, he was the head of the Aviation Department at Kansas State Polytechnic, and associate professor and acting department chair of the Aerospace Technology Department at Indiana State University. Dr. Barnhart holds an airframe and power plant certificate with inspection authorization, and is a former FAA-designated examiner for aircraft maintenance technicians. His industry experience includes work as an R&D inspector with Rolls-Royce Engine Company and as a systems instructor for American Trans Air.

Eric Shappee has been active in the field of aviation since 1986, and teaching since 1995. He is currently a professor of aviation in the Professional Pilot Program at Kansas State Polytechnic. He holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument, multiengine, and glider ratings. He is a certified flight instructor with gold seal and a member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators. He has attended the NTSB Academy, developed several risk assessment tools for Kansas State Polytechnic and other aviation organizations, and worked with unmanned aerial systems including the Predator and Aerosonde.

Michael Thomas Most, Ph.D., is the academic lead of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program at Kansas State Polytechnic. Previously, Dr. Most was an associate professor and chair of the Department of Aviation Technologies at Southern Illinois University. He has authored numerous articles for technical and refereed journals on aviation, aircraft design, and the use of GIS to investigate aviation-related environmental externalities, and delivered several peer-reviewed papers on these same topics. He holds FAA private pilot and A&P technician certificates, as well as ASTM National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies avionics certification.

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POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security