FAA Releases Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Roadmap

Lots and lots to read and think about but the FAA has published a press release today.

Here's one bit

2.1.2 UAS NATIONAL OBJECTIVES

1. Establish Applicable Certification and Training Requirements for Pilots/Crew Members, Other UAS Operational Personnel, and Appropriate Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) Personnel

1.1. Determine the roles and responsibilities of applicable pilots/crew members, other
UAS operational personnel, and appropriate ANSP personnel for safe UAS integration.

1.2. Develop and propose regulatory changes, as required, to define licensing (certification) and training requirements for pilots/crew members, other UAS operational personnel, and appropriate ANSP personnel (address in 14 CFR Part 61,
63, 65, and 141-147).

1.3. Publish, if required, final rule requirements for applicable pilots/crew members, other UAS operational personnel, and appropriate ANSP personnel.

1.4. Begin training and certification initiatives for pilots/crew members, other UAS operational personnel, and appropriate ANSP personnel.

2. Approve Applicable Medical Requirements and Standards (e.g., address 14 CFR Part 67)

2.1. Develop and propose regulatory changes, as required, to define draft medical requirements and standards.

2.2. Publish, if required, a final rule establishing medical requirements and standards.

3. Establish Applicable Airworthiness Certification Requirements

3.1. Facilitate the initiation of applicable classification and basis of airworthiness certification.

3.2. Facilitate the development of draft airworthiness design standards.

3.3. Develop applicable draft airworthiness certification advisory circulars.

3.4. Approve and publish final system airworthiness certification advisory circulars.

3.5. Ensure that a robust and integrated test environment is available to develop, test, and evaluate UAS.

3.6. Administer certification, including Advisory Circular (AC) guidance and oversight.

This graphic might worry folks, especially as we know how much the FAA can make things slide

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 7, 2013 at 11:35am

This is the bit I think you should protest against 

• In order to ensure safety, the operator is required to establish the UAS airworthiness either from FAA certification, a  Department of Defense (DoD) airworthiness statement, or by other approved means;

Companies that enjoyed the benefit of sandy place conflicts and a government throwing money at systems in a grand style now have a huge advantage. If you are a US tax payer you paid for those ops manuals and systems. I bet they will not approve something that has European certification. Actually I am getting a system through the paperwork trail at the minute maybe I will ask the FAA! You can be sure Parrot will be lining up their systems to get the golden ticket over there and will cry foul at the EU if prohibitive practices prevail in the USA. 

Comment by Joshua Johnson on November 7, 2013 at 11:58am

Thanks for sharing this!  My newly created association MUAVA will benefit greatly from reading this. DiyDrones MUAVA Group

Comment by Steve Zeets on November 7, 2013 at 12:50pm

Interesting...In the UAS_Comprehensive_Plan.pdf on Page 8 of 26 in the footnotes... August 14, 2014 - Publish a final rule on small UAS.0

Comment by Steve Zeets on November 7, 2013 at 12:53pm

Not sure what that character was at the end of my last comment...

Either way, I also see on page 15 of 26 they say "The NPRM for small UAS is... targeted for release in 2014".

Not much time left.


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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on November 7, 2013 at 12:56pm

This brings to mind the lyrics in an old Beatle song: "The long and winding road...":-)

Regards,

TCIII ArduRover2 Developer


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 7, 2013 at 1:35pm

Don't forget that NPRM is a 90 day process so even if its started January 1st its the start of May before they start digesting it and then acting on it.

Comment by Gary McCray on November 7, 2013 at 6:41pm

From looking at this, my fear is that this entire process looks like it is only going to favor / permit very expensive options for any commercial use including Farmers flying crop condition analysis vehicles over their own land.

Basically the FAA doesn't look like it is going to facilitate this, only cost it out of reach of most of the people who could benefit from it.

I could be wrong, but unless I get a copter made by a licensed and approved vendor and maintained by a certified mechanic and have the appropriate approved training, my Iris is going to get confiscated and I am going to get thrown in jail for taking a photo of my house and then using it to sell the house.

Of course, that's hypothetical, the FAA will probably take the house anyway.

Comment by BluSky1 on November 7, 2013 at 7:48pm

That was some high Dollar bureaucrat toilet paper felt great wiping with it =)

PS: I clearly read LOS is getting ignored so if you can LOS and be under 55lbs you should be good. So the real-estate people should be OK for the most part.

Our federal government cant even keep its lights on you expected more ROFL =)


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 8, 2013 at 1:28am

No VLOS is not ignored it clearly states that model aircraft will only be allowed VLOS anything else will be a permitted system. Can't remember where I saw that but its there.

Comment by Euan Ramsay on November 8, 2013 at 1:35am

This looks like pure lunacy.

Thank god I live in Switzerland where the rules are a bit more practical. (for anything <20kg there's no commercial lockout, no "airworthiness" rubbish, no operating licence). What is in place is insurance cover (which most Swiss have anyway, and specific hobby flight inclusions only costs 25-40chf per year), some height and site restrictions (sensible ones, like don't fly over the military ground-to-air missile sites or airports), and use of spotters for FPV. Pretty rational stuff.

Only beef I have is the LoS restriction; makes long range FPV (eg: Trappy's mountain surfing exploits here) a bit of a grey area.

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