New Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Rules For Commercial Use Is imminent
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a monthly update of proposed rulemaking to release the long-awaited Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) rules this week. These rules, for the commercial us of sUAS, UAVs, or drones, had an original 2011 publication date. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) then moved the new commercial sUAV rules publication date to last year and missed that target as well. The new US DOT projected publication date for commercial use of sUAV is now January 30, 2015.
The Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Rules Abstract:
This rulemaking would adopt specific rules for the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in the national airspace system. These changes would address small unmanned aircraft registration and marking, certification of their airmen, and operational requirements and limitations in order to increase the safety and efficiency of the national airspace system.
Once published, the new rules for commercial use of sUAS will begin a two month comment period.