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FAA Rolling Out New Flight Standards Organization

The FAA took the next step in rolling out the newly reorganized Flight Standards Service with the release of an Information to Operators (InFO) outlining changes ahead that are designed to foster “efficiency and agility.” According to the InFO, “The Future of Flights Standards (FFS) Initiative is a service-wide effort to transform the culture of Flight Standards into an organization that facilitates critical thinking, interdependence and consistency to better serve aviation safety.”

To be implemented this month, the changes include the elimination of regional Flight Standards offices and the creation of four functional organizations: Air Carrier Safety Assurance, General Aviation Safety Assurance, Safety Standards and Foundational Business. This will create a streamlined structure to facilitate “faster response times, single points of accountability in each functional organization, greater agility and consistency,” the agency said.

Existing FAA-issued documents, media and products issued remain valid, the FAA said, but it encouraged aviation stakeholders to learn more about the new organization at its Flight Standards Information Management System page.

Plans call for Flight Standards to fill new manager vacancies in upcoming weeks with the hopes of having them staffed by or shortly after the August 20 transition date, and FAA leadership are holding meetings with the new functional organizations, Flight Standards director John Duncan said.

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by AINalerts 8/7/2017

2017-08-07T13:59:41-06:00 August 7th, 2017|ATC, Blog, FAA, FAA Authorization|

Senate Funding Bill Would Ban ATC Privatization Efforts

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to scale up the FAA’s budget to nearly $17 billion next year in a comprehensive funding bill that also clearly outlines the committee’s objections to proposals to create an independent air traffic control organization. On Thursday, the committee approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and related agencies bill, calling for a $16.97 billion budget for the FAA.

This funding would mark more than a $500 million increase over this year’s levels and an $800 million boost over the White House request. The bill also would provide $300 million more than the House version.

Notably, the bill would outright ban the use of funding to “to plan, design, or implement the privatization of the air traffic organization functions.” In report language accompanying the bill, the committee rejected the proposal to create an independent ATC organization. “The rigorous and yearly oversight of the budget and programs of the FAA is necessary to ensure the transparency and integrity of the public’s investment in the air traffic control system,” the appropriators said. “The proposed shift does not serve the public interest and would only create a new bureaucracy that is unaccountable to the public and the communities surrounding our network of airports.”

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by AINalerts Ju;y 31, 2017

2017-07-31T15:34:09-06:00 July 31st, 2017|Blog, FAA, FAA Authorization|

ATC Proposal Still Facing Uncertain Fate in U.S. House

Comprehensive U.S. FAA reauthorization was left off this week’s schedule for consideration on the House floor, suggesting the bill’s controversial air traffic control reorganization proposal still has not attracted sufficient votes for passage. But the bill’s primary backers, including House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania) and House General Aviation Caucus co-chair Sam Graves (R-Missouri), continue a major push to sway undecided votes in the House and to soften opposition within the ranks of the general aviation industry. And, while time is running out for now—the House is expected to enter August recess after this week—the bill still could be placed to the agenda as a last-minute addition.

Shuster and Graves have been reaching out to general and business aviation leaders, both individual company chiefs and organizations, to state their case for creating a user-funded air traffic organization separate from the FAA. Their message is resonating to a point, with one industry individual noting, “I have to say, to the unwashed, they tell a good story.”

One also noted that Graves indicated that he has not heard a full explanation of the general aviation objections to protections placed in the bill for access and against new user fees on the industry, which he said were his requirements for support. This elicited a reaction from another industry leader that Graves “not only knows [why we object]…he knows better.”

The general aviation groups, meanwhile, are working to continue to explain their concerns about the issue to both Congress and industry. The community highlighted a new “ATC is Not For Sale” campaign that showcases opposition to the ATC proposal from famed pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

Also, general aviation leaders are hosting a town hall meeting today during EAA AirVenture 2017 to appeal to attendees to contact their members of Congress. “Over half of the 70,000 flights per day in the U.S. system are general aviation flights, and the proposal in this bill will not protect airspace access and air traffic service for the industry,” said General Aviation Manufacturers Association president and CEO Pete Bunce.

Other supporters of the reform proposal recently have written letters or issued statements in support. More than a dozen people who served under the Clinton and Bush Administrations—including former Transportation Secretaries Federico Pena and Norman Mineta—signed onto to a letter to lawmakers, saying, “With more than 60 other countries having acted, reform of the U.S. air traffic control system is overdue. We urge you to support it.”

The former officials signing the letter go on to state that they don’t necessarily agree with everything in the House bill as outlined: “In particular, we think it could be improved by making owners of business jets (turbine aircraft) subject to the same cost-based charges that commercial aircraft operators will face.” But they add, “We believe the bill overall would benefit our nation and deserves bipartisan support.”

by Kerry Lynch – July 24, 2017, 11:01 AM

2017-07-26T08:04:33-06:00 July 26th, 2017|Aviation News, Blog, FAA, FAA Authorization|

A federal appeals court shoots down the FAA’s drone registry requirement

The FAA’s drone database hit a major snag this week, courtesy of a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling. The D.C.-based court sided with drone hobbyist John Taylor, who argued that the Federal Aviation Administration doesn’t have jurisdiction over what the law classifies as model aircraft.

“Taylor does not think that the FAA had the statutory authority to issue the Registration Rule and require him to register,” Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh wrote in the statement. “Taylor is right.”

The court argued that the drone registration database violates 2012’s FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which states that the body, “may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft.”

The database was proposed in 2015 to addressing growing drone ownership in the U.S., which has brought with it a number of privacy and safety concerns in the government. The FAA will likely appeal the decision – or take another approach toward setting up a similar system.

“We are carefully reviewing the U.S. Court of Appeals decision as it relates to drone registrations,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch. “The FAA put registration and operational regulations in place to ensure that drones are operated in a way that is safe and does not pose security and privacy threats. We are in the process of considering our options and response to the decision.”

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is similarly disappointed in the ruling. A rep from the organization provided TechCrunch with a comment from its CEO, Brian Wynne, stating,

AUVSI is disappointed with the decision today by the U.S. Court of Appeals to reject the FAA’s rule for registering recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A UAS registration system is important to promote accountability and responsibility by users of the national airspace, and helps create a culture of safety that deters careless and reckless behavior. We plan to work with Congress on a legislative solution that will ensure continued accountability across the entire aviation community, both manned and unmanned.

Drone sales have been growing at an impressive rate in the U.S. According to NPD, they effectively doubled between February 2016 and 2017 in the States. Within the first year of the rule, 550,000 drones were registered, an act that carries a $5 fee and potential criminal charges for non-compliance.

The ruling is being considered a victory for hobbyists themselves, who have balked at the manner of limitations these sorts of regulations would impose. But some drone makers, like DJI, which is expected to unveil something big (or small, rather) next week, is actually on the FAA’s side on this one.

“The FAA’s innovative approach to drone registration was very reasonable, and registration provides for accountability and education to drone pilots,” the company’s VP of Policy & Legal Affairs Brendan Schulman said in a statement offered to TechCrunch. “I expect the legal issue that impedes this program will be addressed by cooperative work between the industry and policymakers.”

by TechCrunch   5/19/2017

 

2017-06-13T02:14:16-06:00 May 20th, 2017|Aviation News, Blog, drones, FAA, FAA Authorization, UAS, UAV|

FAA Issues Part 107 Waivers, Airspace Authorizations

FAA Issues Part 107 Waivers, Airspace Authorizations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began issuing Part 107 waivers and airspace authorizations to drone operators starting August 29, 2016, the effective date of the new rule.  As of October 24, 2016, the agency has approved 81 authorizations for flights in Class D and E airspace, and has issued 36 waivers of Part 107 provisions to drone operators who applied after the rule’s effective date.

However, the agency has found that many applications have incorrect or incomplete information. Many applicants request too many waivers or request waivers for flights in types of airspace for which the FAA is not yet granting approvals. As a result, the agency has had to reject 71 waiver requests and 854 airspace applications.

It’s important for applicants to understand the information needed to make a successful safety case for granting a waiver. Refer to the performance-based standards (PDF) on our website.

For example, we clearly spell out the information required for a waiver to fly at night – one of the most common requests:

  • Applicant must provide a method for the remote pilot to maintain visual line of sight during darkness.
  • Applicant must provide a method for the remote pilot to see and avoid other aircraft, people on the ground, and ground-based structures and obstacles during darkness.
  • Applicant must provide a method by which the remote pilot will be able to continuously know and determine the position, altitude, attitude, and movement of their small unmanned aircraft (sUA).
  • Applicant must assure all required persons participating in the sUA operation have knowledge to recognize and overcome visual illusions caused by darkness, and understand physiological conditions which may degrade night vision.
  • Applicant must provide a method to increase conspicuity of the sUA to be seen at a distance of 3 statute miles unless a system is in place that can avoid all non-participating aircraft.

The other performance-based standards also list exactly what the FAA needs to consider a waiver. Operators must make waiver requests at: https://www.faa.gov/uas/request_waiver/

Without a detailed description of how the applicant intends to meet these standards, the FAA can’t determine if a waiver is possible. Operators should select only the Part 107 regulations that need to be waived for the proposed operation. Applicants also should respond promptly to any request we make for additional information. If the agency does not receive a response after 30 days, it will withdraw the request.

Operators must apply for airspace authorizations on the same web page. The required information is spelled out in the waiver/airspace authorization instructions document (PDF).

As the FAA previously announced, operators who want to fly in Class G (uncontrolled) airspace don’t need FAA authorization. The agency is currently processing requests to operate in Class D and Class E airport surfaces. We will begin to consider requests for Class C drone flights after October 31 and for Class B airspace after December 5. Applications to fly in those areas before the indicated dates won’t be approved.

The Part 107 regulations provide a flexible framework for unmanned aircraft operations. Waivers and airspace authorizations are an important part of making the new rule work as intended. Applicants can help speed the process by making sure they make a solid, detailed safety case for any flights not covered under the small drone rule.

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2017-06-13T02:14:21-06:00 February 23rd, 2017|Blog, drones, FAA, FAA Authorization|

New rules on small drones: What you need to know

That’s when rules kicked in that free them from having to request special permission from the federal government for any commercial drone endeavor — a waiver process that often took months.

Although industry experts say the Federal Aviation Administration’s new rules on commercial drones largely make it easier for companies to use the unmanned aerial vehicles, there are still a lot of constraints.

Here’s what you need to know.

What do the rules say?

Under the new commercial-drone rules, operators must keep their drones within visual line of sight — that is, the person flying the drone must be able to see it with the naked eye — and can fly only during the day, though twilight flying is permitted if the drone has anti-collision lights. Drones cannot fly over people who are not directly participating in the operation or go higher than 400 feet above the ground. The maximum speed is 100 mph.

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Drones can carry packages as long as the combined weight of the drone and the load is less than 55 pounds.

Before Monday, people needed a pilot’s license to fly a commercial drone. Under the new rules, people over age 16 can take an aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved facility and pass a background check to qualify for a remote pilot certificate.

What if companies have plans that would break those rules?

Businesses can apply for a waiver of most of the operational restrictions as long as they can prove their proposal will be safe.

The FAA has already approved 76 such waivers, most of which involve commercial operations at night, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told reporters Monday.

The new set of rules “just standardizes the exemption process and lowers the barrier to entry,” said Arthur Holland Michel, co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College.

But, he said, the new waiver process will probably help regulators understand how companies want to use drones beyond these initial, limited regulations. That could one day lead to rules for more complex drone operations, such as those proposed by Amazon or Google.

What types of industries will benefit most from these rules?

Real estate, aerial photography, construction and other industries that want to use drones for basic functions, such as taking a few photos or videos of a property, probably will benefit the most because their plans align more closely with the regulations, industry experts said.

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But companies with more ambitious or capital-intensive plans, such as oil and gas firms that want to investigate pipelines, or farmers who want to look at large fields, will largely be limited by restrictions such as the visual line-of-sight rule. Even security companies that want to have drones patrol after dark will need to apply for a waiver if they want to operate.

What about drone delivery companies?

Although the new rules allow drones to carry loads, the visual line-of-sight rule and the weight restriction will keep more ambitious companies with plans for long-distance travel, such as Amazon, from making significant deliveries that way.

Will these rules lead to a huge increase in commercial use of drones?

The FAA thinks it might. The agency has predicted there could be as many as 600,000 drones used for commercial operations during the next year. As of Friday, it said, there were only 18,940 registered for commercial purposes.

But it’s hard to tell because the industry is so new, Holland Michel of the Center for the Study of the Drone said.

The elimination of the pilot’s license requirement lowers the barrier to entry — operators just need to get their remote pilot certificate and register their drone — but it’s not clear whether users will think it’s worthwhile to invest in drone operations with the current restrictions, he said.

Gretchen West, senior advisor at law firm Hogan Lovells and co-executive director of the Commercial Drone Alliance advocacy group, said she expects to see an uptick in use once the rules take effect.

Regulations, however, are only one obstacle to wider adoption of commercial drones, she said. Many enterprise companies are averse to risk, and issues surrounding privacy and public perception still need to be addressed.

“There’s still a lot of challenges we have to overcome as an industry to prove the value of drones, even outside the regulatory environment,” West said.

Do these rules apply to people who fly drones for fun?

The new rules do not apply to people who are flying drones strictly for recreational purposes. The FAA has a separate set of rules for those drone operators.

What’s next for commercial drone regulations?

The FAA said Monday that by the end of the year, it plans to release a rule on flying commercial drones over people.

Looking ahead, NASA is also researching prototype technology that could be used for an air traffic control system for low-flying commercial drone operations. This system would not require humans to monitor each drone continuously.

Field testing of some operations for firefighting and agriculture finished last year, and further testing of operations that go beyond visual line-of-sight will start in October, according to the NASA website.

Samantha Masunaga, LA Times

 

2017-06-13T02:14:28-06:00 August 30th, 2016|Aviation News, Blog, drones, FAA, FAA Authorization, UAS, UAV|

U.S. Part 135 Operators Will Need SMS To Fly in Europe

 

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The FAA is advising U.S. Part 135 operators that they soon will need an approved safety management system (SMS) program to fly throughout Europe under the Third Country Operators (TCO) regulation. Part 135 operators based outside of Europe will be required to obtain a TCO authorization from the European Aviation Safety Agency by November 26 to operate in Europe. TCO authorization includes a requirement that the operator has a state-recognized SMS program, such as those recognized by the FAA, the agency noted in its Summer 2016 SMS newsletter.

The SMS requirements are based on ICAO standards under Annex 19 and are in line with EASA’s risk-based considerations for TCO authorization, the agency noted. The FAA said it does not accept third-party sponsored SMS programs, but does recognize its own SMS voluntary program. The SMSVP is available to Part 135, 145, 141 and 142 organizations.

by AINalerts  8/2/2016

2017-06-13T02:14:30-06:00 August 2nd, 2016|Aviation News, Blog, FAA, FAA Authorization|

FAA Releases Final Small UAS Rule

Rule represents a major step forward, but work remains.

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its Final Rule governing commercial operations of small UAS, often referred to as Part 107. Many commercial UAS operators will be able to achieve their business objectives within the parameters of the rule, reducing the need to petition for Section 333 exemptions. Importantly, the rule permits transportation of property for compensation or hire under certain circumstances and removes a requirement that UAS pilots receive manned aircraft flying experience. The rule will go into effect 60 days after it is posted in the Federal Register, sometime in late August.

The Small UAV Coalition welcomes the Final Rule, but looks forward to continuing to work with regulators and lawmakers to develop a robust regulatory framework that will ensure that the United States remains the world’s UAS leader and does not fall behind global competitors who are increasingly embracing the benefits of this rapidly developing technology.

 

Key Components of the Final Rule

  • Maximum weight: 55 pounds.
  • Maximum altitude: 400 feet above ground level (but may operate over a structure if it remains within 400 feet of the structure and does not operate over 400 feet above the structure).
  • Maximum speed: 87 knots/100 mph.
  • Minimum age: 16.
  • Operations may only be conducted during daytime.
  • Operations may only be conducted within the visual line of sight.
  • Operations over people permitted only over those participating in the operation.
  • Transportation of property for compensation or hire permitted, as long as the total weight is no more than 55 pounds and the operation is conducted within a state.
  • Part 61 pilot certificate holders can take an online training course; others will take an aeronautical knowledge test at a designated FAA center.
  • Waiver provisions: Operations from moving vehicle, visual line of sight, operations near aircraft, operations near people, operating limitations for altitude and ground speed, minimum visibility, minimum distance from clouds, daylight operations, visual observer operations of multiple UAS.

 

The FAA is currently reviewing pending Section 333 petitions and intends to notify those outstanding petitioners whose proposed operations will fall under the rule. Those who do not comply with or would be waivable under the rule will still be reviewed under the Section 333 exemption process.

While the rule marks a turning point for commercial UAS operations in the United States, there are numerous regulatory roadblocks that must still be addressed to fully embrace the economic benefits of this technology. Business of all sizes and across all sectors utilizing UAS must be permitted to conduct operations beyond the visual line of sight and at night and to operate within an unmanned traffic management (UTM) system to fully and safely realize the the immense potential of UAS to create efficiencies and maximize revenue. A proposed rulemaking informed by the Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee recommendations expected later this year and will address another key component of a robust commercial UAS regulatory framework, operations over people.

The Coalition looks forward to continuing to work with regulators, lawmakers, and industry in support of policies that will allow the United States to remain the world’s leader in UAS.

by  Small UAV Coalition

2017-06-13T02:14:32-06:00 June 27th, 2016|Blog, drones, FAA, FAA Authorization, UAS, UAV|

Senate Panel Calls for Ban on Funding ATC Privatization

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee is calling for a ban on the use of any funding that could be used to remove the nation’s air traffic control organization from the FAA. That call was included in a $16.4 billion funding package that the committee is recommending for the FAA in Fiscal Year 2017.

On Thursday, the committee approved the FY2017 transportation, housing and urban development bill that included some of the panel’s strongest language yet on the House proposal to create an independent, user-funded corporation to run ATC. “The attempt to remove the air traffic control system from the FAA is fraught with risk, could lead to uncontrollable cost increases to consumers and could ultimately harm users and operators in the system,” the committee said in report language accompanying the funding bill. “The committee strongly believes that air traffic control should remain an inherently governmental function.”

While the committee acknowledged growing congressional opposition to the plan, it added the prohibition on use of funds for the ATC plan in case “there be any effort to bypass the will of Congress.”

As for FAA funding, the Senate appropriators are calling for a $131.6 million increase in the agency’s funding over FY2016, and $512.5 million more than requested by the White House. The funding includes money to increase the certification workforce and stresses that the FAA should make certification reforms. It further reiterates a directive to implement Part 23 certification reforms, ups funding for unleaded fuel research and continues the 100,000-pound threshold for aircraft at Teterboro Airport, as well as the mandate for the agency to honor requests to block access to registration information on real-time flight-tracking programs.

2016-05-04T10:58:33-06:00 May 4th, 2016|Aviation News, Blog, FAA Authorization|

FAA Expands Online Small Unmanned Aircraft Registration

Thursday, March 31 – Starting today, owners of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) used for commercial, public and other non-model aircraft operations will be able to use the FAA’s new, streamlined, web-based registration process to register their aircraft. The web-based process will significantly speed up registration for a variety of commercial, public use and other users. Registration for those users is $5, the same low fee that model aircraft owners pay.

“Registration is an important tool to help us educate aircraft owners and safely integrate this exciting new technology into the same airspace as other aircraft operations,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

All owners of small UAS used for purposes other than as model aircraft must currently obtain a 333 exemption, a public certificate of authorization or other FAA authorization to legally operate, in addition to registering their aircraft. Before today, the FAA required all non-hobby unmanned aircraft owners to register their aircraft with the FAA’s legacy aircraft registry in Oklahoma City, OK.

Those owners who already have registered in the legacy system do not have to re-register in the new system. However, the FAA is encouraging new owners who are registering for the first time to use the new, web-based registration system. Owners who register under the new system can easily access the records for all of the aircraft they have registered by logging into their on-line account. Small UAS owners who have registered under the web-based system who intend to use their aircraft for purposes other than as model aircraft will also need to re-register to provide aircraft specific information.

The FAA first opened up the web-based registration for model unmanned aircraft owners on Dec. 21, 2015. The agency is expanding that existing website to accommodate owners of aircraft used for purposes other than model aircraft. This registration process includes additional information on the manufacturer, model and serial number, in addition to the owner’s physical and email addresses. Like the model aircraft registration process, a certificate is good for three years, but each certificate covers only one aircraft.

Register here.

2016-04-04T08:47:05-06:00 April 4th, 2016|Aviation News, Blog, drones, FAA Authorization, Section 333, UAS, UAV|

FAA Releases Long-Awaited Part 23 Proposal

The FAA today released the long-awaited proposed rewrite of Part 23, governing certification of small aircraft. To be published in the March 14 Federal Register, the proposal is based on recommendations of a multi-national industry/government rulemaking committee that established a goal of doubling safety while cutting the costs of certification in half.

The proposal is designed to reduce the time it takes to bring new safety technologies to market by taking a more performance-based approach to Part 23 certification, rather than a prescriptive approach. It also enables standards for new technologies that are established by an international standards committee.

As written, the proposal would replace current weight- and propulsion-derived divisions in Part 23 with performance- and risk-based divisions for airplanes that seat up to 19 passengers and have a maximum takeoff weight of 19,000 pounds or less. The FAA, noting that the rewrite is one of the largest in the agency’s history, released a video of the highlights of the proposal.

GAMA, which has long pushed for the the proposal, praised its issuance. The FAA is providing 60 days for comment from the date of publication.

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by AINalerts: March 9, 2016

2017-06-13T02:14:38-06:00 March 10th, 2016|Aviation News, Blog, FAA, FAA Authorization|

U.S. and Europe Strike Deal over TSO Recognition

The U.S. and European Union today formally signed an agreement under which aviation authorities on both sides of the Atlantic will recognize approved components covered by Technical Standard Orders (TSOs). The agreement was signed by the FAA and the European Commission on behalf of the European Aviation Safety Agency.

The move was welcomed by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. “By removing unnecessary bureaucracy, we improve safety by facilitating the flow of approved components both ways across the Atlantic,” said GAMA president Pete Bunce. “This agreement promises to translate into increased availability of the latest modern avionics in general aviation cockpits, and the resultant benefits this brings with it. This is the first step in a longer process of maximizing the use of our bilateral agreements, with authorities freeing up their limited resources to focus on pressing safety issues, and simultaneously facilitating our manufacturers’ development of innovative, safer technologies.”

by AINalerts

2017-06-13T02:14:38-06:00 March 2nd, 2016|Aviation News, Blog, FAA, FAA Authorization|

FAA Creating Committee to Determine Micro UAS Flying Rules Over People

Drone

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it is establishing an aviation rulemaking committee of industry stakeholders that will work on constructing a framework that details how certain UAS could be flown over people not involved with the operation.

The committee will focus on micro UAS but instead of focusing on weight classification, the committee will determine which drones are safe over crowds through a performance-based standard. The committee will weigh human injury thresholds, hazard and risk assessment methodologies and acceptable levels of risk for those not involved in the operation.

“Based on the comments about a ‘micro’ classification submitted as part of the small UAS proposed rule, the FAA will pursue a flexible, performance-based regulatory framework that addresses potential hazards instead of a classification defined primarily by weight and speed,” says FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

The committee will then outline how manufacturers can meet this safety requirement. The committee will submit a report to the FAA by April 1. Members of the committee will be appointed by Earl Lawrence, the director of the UAS Integration Office housed inside the FAA, and cochaired by Nancy Egan, general counsel for 3D Robotics. The committee will be modeled after the UAS registration task force, which made a similar quick-turnaround decision on what kind of identification UAS should carry — a process that took about one month.

“The department continues to be bullish on new technology,” says U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, head of the department that oversees the FAA. “We recognize the significant industry interest in expanding commercial access to the National Airspace System. The short deadline reinforces our commitment to a flexible regulatory approach that can accommodate innovation while maintaining today’s high levels of safety.”

by AUVSI News

2017-06-13T02:14:38-06:00 March 2nd, 2016|Aviation News, Blog, drones, FAA, FAA Authorization, Section 333, UAS, UAV|

FAA Corrects Overflight Notams

The FAA issued new corrected Notams late last week that eliminate the “historically burdensome” requirements for foreign companies conducting business aircraft flights in U.S. airspace, NBAA said. Last month, the FAA published FDC Notams that excluded the previous special and less restrictive security instructions for aircraft registered in Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands.

In those Notams, foreign-registered aircraft weighing less than or equal to 100,309 pounds, including those from the aforementioned previously exempted countries, had to get a TSA waiver to fly through U.S. airspace. For example, this proved troublesome to general aviation aircraft operators in Canada who conduct domestic flights but fly a shortcut over U.S. airspace.

In recognizing its error, the FAA cancelled last month’s Notams and issued new ones that reinstate the previous requirements for the countries mentioned above.

by AINalerts

2017-06-13T02:14:39-06:00 January 18th, 2016|FAA, FAA Authorization, Uncategorized|