The Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Rulemaking Committee has submitted its report and recommendations to the FAA for consideration. The ARC proposed that UAS weighing one-half pound or less be categorized into four classes by their likelihood of causing injury under to-be-defined FAA rules defining impact energy thresholds. Each category would be subject to any restrictions that may be promulgated under the proposed 14 C.F.R. Part 107 “Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” including but not limited to altitude and time of operations restrictions. The safest category of micro drones would be allowed to freely operate over people, with other categories permitted to operate over people under increasing restrictions and requirements.
The FAA will use the information in the report to develop a flexible, performance-based proposed rule, which will likely be proposed in 2017. NAMIC is working directly with the FAA and industry groups to develop these standards and further enable the use and coverage of UAS by NAMIC members.
General Counsel – Federal