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|ACI-NA STILL SEEKING COMMENTS REGARDING PROPOSED RULE FOR SMALL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS
In February, the FAA released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Proposed Rule deals with UAS weighing less than 55 pounds that are operated for "non-recreational purposes". As stated in an FAA press release issued on February 15, the Proposed Rule "would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations."
The Proposed Rule and associated preamble is lengthy—totaling 195 pages, however a handy summary of major provisions in the Proposed Rule is available here.
Based on input received from members, our comments will focus primarily on enhanced notification requirements for UAS operations near airports (i.e., requiring UAS operators to notify airport operators as well as air traffic representatives of UAS activity, extending notification requirements to UAS operations in Class G airspace near airports), clarifying notification responsibilities (i.e., ensuring that UAS operators are responsible for submitting advisories/NOTAMs regarding UAS operations near airports rather than the FAA or airport operators), and possibly requiring coordination activities between UAS operators and airport operators before UAS operations can be conducted near airports.
The 60-day public comment period closes next week on Friday, April 24. ACI-NA has been working with our members and with our counterparts at AAAE to prepare comments regarding the Proposed Rule. However, we are still able to accept comments from members through Tuesday, April 21.
Please contact Chris Oswald if you have questions or comments regarding the Proposed Rule that you would like to include in ACI-NA’s consolidated comment submittal.