In the historical context when this topic/legislative action was taken, why was it important at the time, and what long-term impacts did it have on the commercial aviation industry?

FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
By the time of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 was passed, the aviation industry needed innovation on many fronts. From acceleration of NextGen technologies to addressing necessary improvements to pilot licensing, the act covered many topics. Probably the most significant area requiring the attention of the FAA through this act was the integration of civil unmanned aircraft systems into National Airspace (NAS).
With the growing number of Consumer Off The Shelf (COTS) drones with imagery payloads being used by people within the NAS, a comprehensive plan to establish a regulatory framework in efforts to ensure safety of operations and maintain privacy of U.S. citizens. Today, we see the continuous evolution of FAA UAS regulations in attempts to keep up with the endless improvements of COTS drone technology and increased capabilities.

Write a paper of 4-5 pages, excluding the cover page, charts, tables, graphs, diagrams, photographs, the reference page, and the appendix, in accordance with APA standards using the current edition. Refer to the rubric for grading.

ASCI 254 8.4 COA UG Research Paper Rubric V2
Context / Introduction
Paper should provide an introduction and a research problem that is related to the field of applicable discipline. Presents relationships between factors with examples. Should develop a coherent, central theme that is expressed in an organized, and logical manner throughout.

Research
Paper should provide comprehensive identification and analysis of issues in the realm of applicable discipline. Should design a course of action to solve the proposed research problem using multi-disciplinary principles, if appropriate. The evidence should come from valid sources. References should be complete and reflect appropriate sources.

Comprehension
Paper should contain well-supported argument based on relevant concepts and theories, providing new ideas to the applicable discipline. Argument should be logical and use examples, evidence, research, and/or data from course content and from valid, external information sources.

Application
Decisions and conclusions should be a result of analysis and synthesis of evidence. Should formulate resolution and recommendations, and may contribute to improvements in the applicable discipline. Conclusion could include possible consequences and outcome scenarios.

Style & Mechanics
Mechanics of style should enhance content understanding, and writing skillfully supports the message and is in required format. Citations and references present and IAW APA.

FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012