Petitioning for an FAA Commercial UAS Exemption

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Petitioning for an FAA Commercial UAS Exemption

Updated June 23, 2016

Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 14 CFR Part 107 announced on June 21, 2016, provides guidance for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems (s-UAS) for commercial purpose. The FAA intends Part 107 to eliminate many burdensome hurdles under the current Section 333 exemption process, including certificate of authorization (COA) requirements and that Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) be issued for UAS operations.

Part 107 applies to commercial use of UAS weighing less than 55 lbs., operating only in daytime VFR conditions within visual line-of-sight and may not be operated over people on the ground. Under the new rule, the FAA may grant Section 333 exemptions for operations beyond those requirements, if certain safety standards are met. Review the FAA's Section 333 information.

In the coming months, NBAA’s Business Aviation Management Committee, through it UAS Subcommittee, will be developing guidance materials on when a Section 333 exemption should be requested or when operations fall within the normal scope of Part 107.

For more information, contact NBAA’s Sarah Wolf at swolf@nbaa.org.