FAA Details Streamlined UAS Approval Process

FAA released a memorandum outlining a streamlined process for companies to fly commercial operations of unmanned aircraft systems in the U.S, reports AUVSI News.

According to the document, “A new interim policy is necessary to respond to the current demands and to bridge existing UAS operations with the proposed small UAS rule.”

The new policy allows commercial operators permitted to fly under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act to fly without the current coordination with air traffic control facilities and service centers. Operations will receive a streamlined certificate of authorization to fly if adhering to certain parameters.

“This policy is a step in the right direction, and will help companies that receive Section 333 exemptions fly sooner by eliminating some red tape in the process,” says AUVSI President and CEO Brian Wynne. “It will also help more industries and businesses begin to realize the benefits of UAS technology.”

The parameters require flights to remain at or below 200 feet above ground level during daylight visual flight rule conditions, at least two nautical miles from airports and five miles from airports with an operational control tower, and the pilot in command must have at least a private pilot license. The aircraft used must weigh less than 55 pounds and the operator must issue a notice to airmen at least 24 hours before the proposed operations.

Any operations that are not consistent with these parameters must apply through the standard COA process.

Read the full story on the AUVSI.org blog.

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