The last title includes a research plan on integration to the NAS, including equipment, certification and provisions for UAS airworthiness, which is, mentioned as continued airworthiness four times in the document. We can only speculate what this is, but if you understand the FAA and aircraft certification process you can guarantee they will adopt this aviation standard as a process to certify drones. This means all the equipment such as electronics must meet airworthiness standards, ....

. A typical certification process for an aircraft part can cost several millions of dollars and take 18-36 months through paper work and testing to get approved. If this is the case all unmanned aircraft that do not meet aircraft airworthiness standards when the final rule is approved will need to meet this standard for commercial work once the research is completed.

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  • Folks on this site seem to harbor all kinds of conspiracy theories.

    So, no Darius, you obviously do not "understand the FAA and aircraft certification process", so you may want to hold off on that "guarantee".

    I will try to make it simple for you, as the FAA has already attempted to do, with lots of simple pretty pictures:

  • Darius, You have jumped to an extreme conclusion, today FAA regulations span a range of aircraft types, from commercial transport to general aviation, to experimental.
    As an example, the electronics in my Piper Arrow are vastly different from the electronics in a commercial jet, both in price and in the regulations they are manufactured under. Electronics for Experimental class aircraft are similar but less expensive, as they require less regulation (paperwork). The same is true for engines, and other similar items.

    Our drones for the most part are definitely "experimental class" at the bottom of the regulations, and far from the larger "commercial class" of drones, which are more likely to have more stringent requirements.

    The more likely scenario for the FAA, is the expansion of the unregulated drones class, with perhaps the only regulation being that the controllers do not allow flight over 400 ft AGL, or in the vicinity of airports, stadiums, etc..
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