FAA, WSDOT seek feedback on proposed Unmanned Aircraft Systems requirements

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Date:  Thursday, March 12, 2015

Contact: Rob Hodgman, WSDOT Aviation senior planner, 360-596-8910

The public has two chances to comment on proposed safety requirements for Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operations in the nation’s airspace.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is accepting feedback directly, but the Washington State Department of Transportation also welcomes public comments to help shape its agency response.

The proposed requirements address non-recreation UAS operations, including:

  • Crop monitoring/inspection
  • Research and development
  • Educational/academic uses
  • Power-line/pipeline inspection in hilly or mountainous terrain
  • Antenna inspections
  • Aiding certain rescue operations such as locating snow avalanche victims
  • Bridge inspections
  • Aerial photography
  • Wildlife nesting area evaluations

The FAA also proposes changes to its regulations (known as 14 CFR) to clarify UAS categories, hours of operations, registration, certification and other requirements.

Please submit feedback to WSDOT by Monday, April 13. Email comments to Rob Hodgman, WSDOT Aviation senior planner atHodgmar@wsdot.wa.gov.

Comments are due to the FAA by April 24.

Learn more about the proposed UAS requirements and how to submit comments to the FAA. 
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