US Government to Publish Small UAS Rule by Year End

The U.S. government should release a draft regulation governing the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by the end of the year, federal officials told the Unmanned Systems Conference. The Federal Aviation Administration also provided more information on two restricted category type certifications it awarded on July 19, for the first time permitting operators to fly unmanned aircraft commercially.

The FAA draft rulemaking governing operation of small UAS weighing up to 55 pounds,which the agency originally expected to release in December 2011, has been stalled within the federal government over privacy considerations. John Porcari, U.S.Department of Transportation deputy secretary, said his department and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), are close to completing their vetting of the proposed rule.

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Source: UAS Vision

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