Highlights Of The FAAs Proposal



– Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) must weigh less than 55 lbs. (25 kg).

– Maximum airspeed of 100 mph (87 knots), maximum altitude of 500 feet agl.

– Minimum weather visibility of three miles from control station.

See and avoid

– The sUAS must remain within visual line-of-sight of the operator or visual observer. A first-person view camera cannot satisfy “see-and-avoid” requirement.

– An sUAS may not be operated over any persons not directly involved in the operation.

– Daylight-only operations (official sunrise to official sunset, local time).

– Must yield right-of-way to other aircraft, manned or unmanned.

Controlled Airspace

– No sUAS operations in Class A airspace, but allowed within Class B, C, D and E airspace with the required ATC permission.

– Operations in Class G airspace are allowed without ATC permission.

Aircraft/airworthiness certification

– FAA airworthiness certification not required.

– Operator must maintain sUAS in condition for safe operation and conduct pre-flight inspection.

– Aircraft registration required as it applies to all other aircraft, except markings to be displayed in the largest practicable manner.

Operator Requirements

– Be at least 17 years old.

– Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center, pass a recurrent test every 24 months and be vetted by the TSA.

– Hold an unmanned aircraft operator certificate with a small UAS rating (like existing pilot airman certificates, never expires).

– Report to the FAA within 10 days any accident resulting in injury or property damage.


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