The UAS America Fund supports the development of the appropriate regulatory framework that works to foster and enable a safety oriented commercial market for UAS products and services.
UAS America Fund News & Press Releases
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. Please provide your contact information on the Contact page for additional information and opportunities.
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The UAS America Fund, LLC filed with the FAA a formal Petition for Rulemaking that proposes regulation for the commercial use of Micro UAS. The Petition includes a self-contained set of UAS regulations for commercial and other non-recreational uses, based on a recently completed safety analysis. The UAS Fund’s new Micro UAS rule would govern commercial operations for UAS that meet certain criteria: weigh 3 pounds or less, operated below 400 feet, operated at least 5 miles away from airports, and piloted by an operator with a demonstrated level of aeronautical knowledge.
UAS Market Segmentation Tableclick to expandThe primary intent of the petition is to provide a logical and expeditious path for the commercial use of low-risk UASs. This allows certain businesses to operate UAS legally while further research and rulemaking is conducted for integrating larger and more complex aircraft into controlled airspaces.
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Following on the heels of the FAA’s “Interpretation of the Special Rule on Model Aircraft” and Robofest, the UAS America Fund began developing the framework needed to facilitate commercialization of UAS. With industry support, an outline delineating the complexities thought to be holding up the rulemaking process was developed.
The FAA filed a potentially legally binding “Interpretation of the Special Rule on Model Aircraft” in the Federal Register. This filing poses a significant risk to the UAS industry as it severely impacts the research and commercialization activities of all its participants. If it remains unchallenged, it will create a mandatory keyhole through which the entire commercial UAV and UAS sector will be forced to pass, and the FAA will hold the exclusive key.
On August 22, 2014, the UAS America Fund, in coordination with four other UAS industry companies, filed a legal challenge to the FAA’s interpretation in federal court via a Petition for Review. The Petition can be viewed here, and our Press Release can be viewed here.
Broad industry backing will continue to be extremely helpful. If you or your organization want to assist with this effort, we are seeking support by way of three different options, detailed in the summary of the petition program document here.