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DOT to audit UAS approvals

US: The United States' Department of Transportation plans to begin an audit this month of FAA’s current processes for approving civil unmanned aircraft systems operations and overseeing their safe operation. The move is expected to address the significant and complex challenges of safely integrating UAS into the national airspace system. Since Congress granted FAA the authority to determine whether some UAS could operate prior to the establishment of regulations without an airworthiness certificate, the agency since September 2014 has approved over 1,200 commercial UAS to operate by exempting them from certification requirements. The agency is averaging over 60 UAS-related incident reports per month. Some of the incidents did not pose a safety risk but others have involved reports of pilots altering course to avoid unmanned aircraft.

Source: Aviation news