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Are you trying to develop cutting edge technology for unmanned aircraft? Did you miss out on the FAA’s Pathfinder Program? Was your proposal for the FAA’s Public/Private Partnership initiative passed over? Then today may be your lucky day.
While there will always be technological developments in the aviation industry, it is for the most part, a mature industry. On the other hand, the drone industry, measured against fixed wing and rotorcraft, is probably in the range of 20 percent mature. While drones have, in the defense world, been in use for decades, it’s only been in the last few years that drone technology has entered the commercial world.
In just a few short years, the operation of unmanned aircraft has gone from a rarity to big business. According to the FAA’s newly released Aerospace Forecast, the total number of commercial UAS in the United States is expected to triple by 2023. Much of this growth is expected to come from a dramatic increase in the number of businesses offering “drones as a service.”
The FAA started 2019 off in a big way, releasing two major UAS rulemakings on the same day. The public notice and comment period for both rules is now closed, and it is interesting to see what the public thinks of these proposals.
UAS operators will be facing greater oversight and inspections from local Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) under a new National Policy recently issued by the FAA. The document requires all FSDOs to immediately update their 2019 National Work Program Guidelines to include new Required Surveillance Work Activities.
Thank you for attending “Why 2019 May Be The Year of The Drone” yesterday, part of our Aviation Webinar Series. We appreciate your continued support! If you happened to miss this webinar and would like to view/listen to the Presentation, the archived webinar is available here. The slidedeck from the presentation is available here.
The FAA has been tasked with safely integrating unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system. To fulfill this mandate, the FAA adopted a “phased, incremental, and risk-based approach to rulemaking.” In order for this approach to work, however, the nature of the risk must be known in an exact and quantifiable way. While this approach provides the most flexibility, it also results in a long and drawn out rulemaking process.
Our webinar scheduled for tomorrow, “Current Developments in UAS Regulation: Why 2019 May Be the Year of the Drone,” has been rescheduled to Feb. 27 due to the forecast for inclement weather in the Mid-Atlantic.
We hope you will join us Wednesday, February 20, for the latest in our Aviation Webinar Series. 2019 is shaping up as a critical year for regulatory developments affecting operators of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Congress directed the FAA to work faster on setting UAS design standards and opening the airspace to commercial package delivery. Congress also chartered new reports on state and local control of low level airspace and the need for federal privacy laws.
In Washington, D.C., the government is still shut down, and is digging out from a weekend storm that dropped a foot of snow. Neither of these things, however, stopped Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao from unveiling two long-awaited rulemaking efforts that will have a major impact on the future of the unmanned aircraft industry.