FAA UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Certification Guidelines
Will Be Announced In July
Some Key Takeaways for FAA - UASThere are 22 bullet points in the memorandum. Of course this could change prior to the final document that comes out. Here are just a few key takeaways. I will include a link to the document at the end of the post. These Major Provisions start on page 10.
- Unaided VLOS (visual line of sight) ONLY
- UAS may not operate over any persons not directly involved in the operation -
- Also being proposed is a micro UAS category that would allow operation over people not involved in the operation and would require airman to self-certify that they are familiar with the aeronautical knowledge testing areas
- Daylight ONLY operation sunrise to sunset local time
- No Operation is Class A - airspace - High traffic Terminal Control Areas - Class B,C,D,E airspace allowed with ATC permission. Class G airspace no ATC permission needed.
- An Operator must yield the right of way to any other aircraft or traffic including another UAS.
- An Operator can only operate one UAS at a time
- No operation from any moving vehicle or plane
- No one can operate a UAS if there is any physical or mental condition that would interfere with safe operation of UAS
- Pilots of small UAS would be considered "operators"
- Operators would be required to:
- Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center
- Be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration
- Obtain an unmanned aircraft operator certificate with a small UAS rating (like existing pilot airman certificates, never expires)
There will be some costs incurred for the Operator. Many schools will start to pop up. Make sure you check to see that they are a school that is certified to teach and provide a operators certificate. In the docket below, there is a cost analysis. See page 152.[Docket No.: FAA-2015-0150; Notice No. 15-01]