FAA Publishes Small UAS Rules

Unmanned Systems Canada wishes to congratulate the FAA and their stakeholders on the promulgation today of their Small UAS rules. These new rules are not dissimilar to those which have been in place in Canada for the past several years. Undoubtedly today’s announcement will generate significant new opportunities for our industries and a new source of economic growth. The Canadian experience has led to the creation of 1000 new businesses within the past few years, indicative of the growth that might be expected in the United States. With closer alignment of our respective rules, we can anticipate further harmonization through the Canada/US Regulatory Cooperation Council to the benefit of investors, manufacturers, operators and ultimately our customers. With these steps, the stage is set for the further development of technologies and procedures to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations to be proven promoting further innovation and business opportunities.

Icon

FAA Rules 107 58.46 KB 175 downloads

...
Icon

FAA 107_Signed 498.71 KB 34 downloads

...

Comment(1)

  1. David Cooke says

    I have done a first level review of these recommendation and my first impression is that is thorough and comprehensive in scope. However, it seems that the “SMALL” classification of RPAS is overly burdensome on the lower end technology now being fielded that does not match the risk nor the mission complexity that must be mitigated by such demanding operational requirements. The miniaturization of collision avoidance as well as tracking and positioning systems and sensors pose a significant reduction of harm by a 1kg vehicle, projecting a Kinetic energy threat of ~150 joules. These sized machines should not be lumped in with systems weighing up to 25kg that can project much higher energy. For many vital missions of surveillance and security, including rapid reaction and pre-planned coordinates a vehicle of <1kg can operate safely beyond ~200meters ( VBLOS for that size air frame cross-section).

    I would like to propose that the committee consider an additional class of "VERY SMALL" or "MICRO" RPAS that can be safely regulated and operated by qualified PICs BVLOS (under less stringent rules) up 1000meters or perhaps 50% of it's demonstrated telemetry range, whichever is less. The criteria for SFOC pilots and Compliant Operators should be modified to recognize the significantly smaller threat they pose to aviation and the public, when operated by certified and responsible pilots. I can see security forces, police, fire and rescue as well as industrial and farming applications for which the performance and of Micro size Class of RPAS is more than adequate for the job and asking them to comply with the <25kg rules places and unnecessary burden on the the operator/pilot/observer that provides no increased level of safety.

Post a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.