February, 2015 – UAS America Fund Applauds FAA sUAS Milestone
The UAS America Fund applauds the significant milestone achieved by the FAA in issuance of the Draft NPRM on Small UAS. Issuance of the FAA’s 55-pound Rule has been highly anticipated and is an important first step toward commercialization of unmanned aircraft in the United States. We are pleased to see that the FAA has listened to industry voices seeking a less burdensome rule for small UAS.
Unfortunately, the 55-pound Rule does nothing for beyond-line-of-sight or autonomous operations. Both of these concepts will be critical in order to tap the full economic and market value of unmanned aircraft. Over-the-horizon as well as autonomous flights will deliver considerable improvements and efficiencies in business operations across many industry sectors, and will allow for accelerating societal and social benefits of unmanned aircraft. Further, the 55-pound Rule will likely take 18-24 months to become law. This delay will continue to stymie innovation and R&D activities by U.S. companies, universities and research organizations, thus delaying job creation and billions of dollars in new economic activity associated with this emerging technology.
Filed in late December 2014, UAS Fund’s Micro Unmanned Aircraft (mUA) Proposal presented full regulatory language to allow for three-pound and under UAS to be operated commercially within a defined set of operational parameters. Adoption of a Micro UAS rule for commercial operations would allow immediate realization of billions in economic impacts and allow U.S. companies and research universities to perform R&D and innovate their products, services, and training programs. We are leading a national campaign to encourage FAA to issue a Final Rule on its Micro Unmanned Aircraft Proposal for Rulemaking in 2015.
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