US DOT To Release Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Rules This Week

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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.

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4 comments on “US DOT To Release Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Rules This Week
  1. Hi Eric – Can you shed any light as to how these rules interact with the long awaited FAA rules?

    • EricColburn says:

      The rules due to be published tomorrow (hopefully) are the first to permit and regulate the use of small UAS, UAVs or drones for commercial purposes by the FAA. I’m sure these rules will only be a starting point, with the FAA refining and adding to them over the course of the next several years, but at least the use of this technology could be carried out by and planned for by commercial users.