FAA Responds To Technology Moving At The Speed of Innovation


On June 28, 2016, the FAA published the highly anticipated set of rules allowing people to begin conducting routine civil small UAS operations. The rule established a new part in the Code of Federal Regulations, 14 CFR part 107 or part 107, containing a remote pilot certification and operating rules for small UAS weighing less than 55 pounds. Under those rules, sUAS operators must either hold a remote pilot certificate or be under the direct supervision of a remote pilot in command.

A new Draft Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) was just released. This is the next step in the FAA’s incremental approach to integrating UAS into the national airspace system (NAS), based on demands for increased operational flexibility and the experience FAA has gained since part 107 was first published. Specifically, this proposal would expand the activities permitted under part 107, allowing operations over people and at night under certain conditions.

This rulemaking would allow operations of small unmanned aircraft over people in certain conditions and operations of small UAS at night without obtaining a waiver. The NPRM goes further proposing to amend the knowledge testing requirements in the rules that apply to small UAS operations, which require training every 24 calendar months. This proposal would be the next phase in integrating small UAS using a risk-based approach. These amendments would allow expanded small UAS operations and reduce the knowledge testing burden on the remote pilot in command certificate holders.

The NPRM is full of other information that is beneficial to 107 pilots, including updates to the recurrent testing procedures.

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Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and be ready to supply your voice to this NPRM when its released for comment.

Cliff is the owner and founder of UAV Experts.com, UAVExpertnews.com and AtlantaHobby.com. More than 35 years of senior management experience in wholesale, retail, on-line and manufacturing with a proven record of leadership and success. Cliff consults heavily in the UAV industry and holds FAA private sailplane and single engine license as well as Remote pilot certificates. Previously, Cliff was the digital evangelist at Wolf Camera. A 24-year veteran of Wolf, serving in a number of sales, management and senior management positions as the company grew from 5 to over 700 stores. Cliff served as WolfCamera.coms President, as well as Sr. VP of Internet commerce and new technology development.

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