US, November 10, 2014: The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to release a ruling by year-end that would give a green signal to the commercial operations of small unmanned aerial system in the domestic airspace.
Jim Williams, manager of the FAA’s UAS integration recently told media that the proposed ruling, which the agency has been working on over the past year, is currently being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. Speaking at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s annual program review, he said, “We’re taking great strides to authorise commercial operations in the US, and the small unmanned aircraft systems rule that we’ve all been waiting on so long is getting really close to being done. We hope that it will be published before the end of this year.”
Although, specifics were not discussed, he said that the new ruling “will open the door to a lot of commercial operations that aren’t authorised today.”
Under the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, Congress has mandated that the agency should integrate small UAS — defined as systems less than 55 pounds — into the domestic airspace by September 2015.
Last year, the FAA released a roadmap that detailed its plan for integration. Additionally, the organization in 2014 opened six UAS test sites throughout the country to research how to safely integrate the technology into the national airspace.
Source: SUAS News