UAS-Max will help determine the projection of future UAS flights. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are one of the fastest growing sectors of aviation today.

UAS-Max will help determine the projection of future UAS flights.

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are one of the fastest growing sectors of aviation today. Given the growing concern among both regulators and the general public with respect to the safety of these flights, new tools are needed to understand the demand and the associated impact of UAS on the National Airspace (NAS). UAS-Max, developed by Intelligent Automation Inc. (IAI), is a UAS demand forecast generation tool that provides NAS stakeholders with sample UAS demand datasets that can be used to model and study the impact of UAS flights in controlled Airspace.

UAS-Max generated data is focused on UAS flights 2,000 feet above ground level or higher. The UAS missions and mission specific flight data are developed based on interviews with SME’s and the key stakeholders that are planning to fly UAS. Based on these inputs, detailed demand forecasts are generated and validated using advanced modeling and simulation techniques. UAS-Max data sets provide users with critical data, such as UAS mission characteristics, mission specific demand estimates, aircraft types, flight routes, departure/arrival airports and other flight plan data, that are needed to model UAS traffic in the NAS for a wide range of relevant use cases. Each UAS-Max mission data product has the relevant data needed to model and analyze the impact of UAS operations in the NAS for the representative use case.

UAS-Max demand data is currently available for the following missions:

  • Air Quality Monitoring

  • Wildlife Monitoring

  • Flood Mapping

  • Law Enforcement

  • Point-Source Emissions Monitoring

  • Wildfire Monitoring

  • Aerial Imaging and Mapping

  • Spill Monitoring

  • Maritime Patrol

  • Border Patrol

  • Weather Data Collection

  • News Gathering

  • Airborne Pathogen Tracking


UAS-Max mission data products help researchers, analysts, policy makers, and other users better understand the impact of UAS in the National Airspace. UAS and NAS stakeholders can use UAS-Max data sets to:

  1. Study UAS integration with commercial flights in class A, B, C, D, and E airspace

  2. Study the safety characteristics of UAS flights in the future.

  3. Analyze the impact of UAS on the frequency communication spectrum.

  4. Compute the impact of UAS on noise and emissions throughout the NAS.

  5. Generate encounter geometries to test “detect and avoid” algorithms

Projected Air Quality Monitoring UAS Flights in the Los Angeles Basin


The following table shows the list of missions available for purchase. The data available for each mission includes:

  • Route of flight, aircraft type, departure time, and the origin and arrival airports.

  • An airport database with the airport code, name, latitude/longitude, and altitude.

  • Flights at the forecast maximum demand level.

  • Documentation for each mission, to understand its purpose and basis of forecast.

UAS Mission Data Product
Flights per day
Flight Duration

Air Quality Monitoring


1-4 hrs.

Strategic Wildfire Monitoring


~20 hrs.

Tactical Wildfire Maximum


1-1.5 hrs.

Tactical Wildfire Median


1-1.5 hrs.

Tactical Wildfire Minimum


1-1.5 hrs.

Flood Inundation Mapping


1-4 hrs.

Streamflow Monitoring


1-4 hrs.

Law Enforcement


3-8 hrs.

Wildlife Monitoring


~40 mins.

Aerial Imaging and Mapping


~40 mins.

Airborne Pathogen Tracking


1-4 hrs.

Maritime Patrol


4.5-14 hrs.

Border Patrol


2-7 hrs.

Weather Data Collection


1.5-13 hrs.

News Gathering


15 mins. to 2 hrs.

Point Source Emission Monitoring


40-300 mins.

Spill Monitoring


40-260 mins.