It's done. U.S President Obama did sign the bill for full integration of UAS into the national regulatory framework by Sept. 30, 2015. Small UAS (under 25kg) will be cleared to fly by mid-2014.

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    (3) the aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds
    unless otherwise certified through a design, construction,
    inspection, flight test, and operational safety program
    administered by a community-based organization;"
  • Jonathan,

  • checking if this was published yet. Not yet online on

  • Could somebody link me to the text about the sub-4.4lb use?


  • What, private companies cannot get a COA?

    For sure, paying a university for research is imminently possible.

    But, what am I even talking about?  Between profits, and government grants the oil companies would just use full-scale helicopter for everything anyway just to burn the cash. ;)

  • Moderator

    Oil companies would not be able to get a COA, if they had a University in their pocket they might get around it.

  • Grips, with the current government, it's really hard to say.  I expect they would be interested in drones for law enforcement, spying on the public, and oil exploration.  But only if they can keep them out of the hands of activists, civil rights lawyers, and even the general population.

    Given these systems are currently legal to use if you have a COA (expensive), and our law enforcement agencies and oil companies have unlimited budgets, the law is currently exactly where they want it to be.

  • Moderator

    Yes they only have to say how by 2015. ASTM is the big issue, the standards that may be required for UAS and that would be all UAS might be very high.

    Expect the gold rush to happen soon in the sub 4.4lb craft for emergency service use.

  • 3D Robotics

    I think this is what they call "air cover" in Washington. The FAA operates under a legislative charter and is politically vulnerable if it moves faster or beyond its Congressional scope. I imagine the FAA administrator asked legislators to do this, or at least worked with them, so that the agency would have a clear mandate.   

  • "includes a provision directing the Federal Aviation Administration to develop rules"

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