Earlier tonight I had the pleasure of attending an AIAA seminar on Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System led by John Moore, a principal design engineer with Rockwell Collins.
SC-203, a special committee requested by both the AOPA and the FAA, is currently drafting recommendations for policies that will "assure the safe operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within the National Airspace System." A vast majority of the regulations SC-203 is in the process of drafting will concern large UAVs (> 55 lbs). Most, if not all, of the regulations levied at small UAVs (< 55 lbs), will be similar to the common-sense guidelines already in place for small amateur UAVs. While most of SC-203's recommendations are a ways off, Mr. Moore suggested that we could see concrete small UAV regulations in place by as soon as 2011.
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