UAS Safety Assessment and Functional Requirements

  • Konstantinos Dalamagkidis
  • Kimon P. Valavanis
  • Les A. Piegl
Part of the Intelligent Systems, Control and Automation: Science and Engineering book series (ISCA, volume 54)


The primary goal of regulating UAS operations is to assure an appropriate level of safety. This goal is quantified by most national aviation agencies as an “Equivalent Level of Safety” with that of manned aviation, also known as the ELOS principle. Although ELOS is difficult to define, some insight may be gained by analyzing accident statistics of manned aviation and enforcing similar requirements to UAS. The evaluation of risk of UAS operations can be obtained by estimating the number of people exposed to particular accidents and the probability of injuries or fatalities given exposure. Although this seems straightforward, there are many ways of calculating estimates for the parameters involved, which can lead to very divergent results.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Unmanned Aerial System Fault Tree Analysis Ground Control Station Ground Impact 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Konstantinos Dalamagkidis
    • 1
  • Kimon P. Valavanis
    • 2
  • Les A. Piegl
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Informatik VITechnische Universität MünchenGarching bei MünchenGermany
  2. 2.Dept. Electrical & Computer EngineeringUniversity of DenverDenverUSA
  3. 3.Dept. Computer Science & EngineeringUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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