DOT Approves Ten Pilot Projects for Advanced Drone Operations

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced the selection of ten proposals from a field of 149 applications submitted jointly by industry and government entities to conduct advanced drone operations under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP). Each of the projects will involve UAS (drone) operations beyond the scope currently permitted under the FAA’s August 2016 rule on the operation of small commercial drones—Part 107—including flight above people and at night.

The primary purpose of the UAS IPP is to foster government-private sector collaboration to accelerate the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace system. The data collected as a result of the UAS IPP will permit the FAA to develop new rules that allow more advanced low-altitude drone operations than contemplated under the current Part 107 rules …

Lexology | May 18, 2018

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