School of Aeronautics
UAS, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Aviation, Autonomy, Drones, Airlines, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Aviation Technology, The Future of Aviation
Aeronautical Vehicles | Aviation Safety and Security
Whitten, Matthew, "The Impact of UAS on the Passenger Airline Industry" (2021). Senior Honors Theses. 1117.
This study seeks to cover the state of modern autonomous unmanned aerial systems (UAS) integration into commercial aviation, the future applications of the technology in the airline industry, and the roadblocks currently hindering its integration into passenger operations. Although great advancements are being made in the field, technological developments, economic impact, legal restrictions, airline cost, and public perception stand in the way of the full adaptation of autonomous technology into everyday passenger operations. However, technology is rapidly developing, perhaps allowing for the possibility of autonomous air travel even today, but there are likely years of refinement before regulators, executives, and consumers adopt autonomous air travel into everyday life.