The UAS Integration Office (AUS) is responsible for leading FAA's efforts to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). AUS serves as the FAA's focal point for all matters related to civil and public use of UAS in U.S. airspace. AUS is organized into four divisions, plus an executive office, that collaborate to champion UAS integration initiatives (i.e., internal/external communication, budget and personnel management, international partnerships, research strategic planning, technical standards, operational pilot programs, and partnerships for safety, etc.) by engaging internal FAA and external stakeholders (i.e., industry, U.S. government agencies, international civil aviation authorities).
The Executive Office (AUS-10) is the hub that connects the four AUS Divisions with the Director and the Deputy Director and supports outward facing opportunities of the AUS organization. Day-to-day activities include agency-level meeting support as well as developing and editing responses to media inquiries, Congressional requests, and miscellaneous correspondence, and coordinating enterprise-wide outreach and engagement efforts such as the FAA UAS Symposium, Drone Safety Awareness Week, UAS content on faa.gov, and the Advanced Aviation Advisory Committee (AAAC). This office shapes and tells the story of UAS integration and innovation as it pertains to both FAA accomplishments and stakeholder impacts.
The Business and Planning Division (AUS-100) is responsible for obtaining and preserving the financial and human capital management required to accomplish the office mission. The division ensures AUS staff have safe and productive work environments through logistics planning and Continuity of Operations Planning. Additionally, the division executes the strategic planning function for AUS as well as more tactical performance management through internal dashboards and Congressionally mandated milestone tracking.
The International Division (AUS-200) provides targeted leadership to enable the safe and efficient use and integration of UAS globally and sets the strategic direction for UAS international activities. This office helps develop, align, and progress the FAA's global UAS-related activities, including regulatory and policy harmonization, through extensive engagement and outreach with its colleagues and partners – not only across the FAA and broader U.S. Government, but also with its global Civil Aviation Authority and Air Navigation Service Provider counterparts, among others, on a bilateral, regional, and global basis.
The UAS Research, Engineering, & Analysis Division (AUS-300) is responsible for developing the FAA's plans and strategic framework for applied UAS research that is needed to inform FAA's UAS Integration policy, rulemaking and implementation. This office collaborates across the FAA and with other federal, industry, academic, and international partners to identify research gaps, develop research requirements, and provide technical expertise and oversight of projects necessary to support the safe integration of UAS into the NAS.
The Safety and Integration Division (AUS-400) serves as the initial point of contact for individuals seeking information about operational requirements, UAS registration, and potential partnerships. This office collaborates across the FAA and closely with industry to find solutions to operational and technical challenges in order to advance UAS operations and integration efforts. AUS-400 aids standards development, providing engineering support and management for UAS integration projects intended to advance the safe use of UAS technology. AUS-400 also serves as a regulatory and policy liaison, and runs the UAS Support Center that responds to inquiries near-real-time with personalized service to help people fly safely. Additionally, this office manages the presidentially mandated UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP), designed to facilitate complex UAS activities, collect data on societal and community considerations, and inform FAA policy and decision making.Mailing Address:
Federal Aviation Administration
UAS Integration Office
490 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, DC 20024
For more information, contact the UAS Support Center.
Last updated: Wednesday, May 31, 2023