Interim Operational Approval Guidance: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations in the U. S. National Airspace System   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The proliferation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Air Space (NAS) has resulted in an increased demand for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to process a large number of applications to review for operational approvals. These approvals are required due to the fact that unmanned aircraft (UA) are not compliant with various sections of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) and therefore, require an alternate means of compliance. Most notably, the lack of an on-board pilot requires an alternate method of the 'see-and-avoid' provisions of 14 CFR 91.113, Right-of-Way Rules: Except Water Operations. This document is intended to provide guidance and information to Aviation Safety (AVS) and Air Traffic Organization (ATO) personnel who are charged with the processing, reviewing, and approving of UAS operations. The interim guidance presented in this document represents the culmination of best practices and procedures used in prior UAS approvals, as well as input from other government agencies, industry and user stakeholders. It should be noted that the material presented in this document is a recommended approach to approving typical UAS operations, however, each application needs to be assessed on its own technical merits and may require unique authorizations which are based on the specific needs or capabilities of the UAS in question. It should be further noted that due to the rapid evolution of UAS technology, this guidance material will be subject to continuous review and may be updated when appropriate."

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