What Do We Have Here?

Might DOT be ready to kick out the NPRM? Looks like we have a publication date in writing of 06/24/2013. The community should start working up their respective comments (or at least the preamble), for this rule.  Comments close 10/24/2013 and that does not give us a ton of time to go Tolstoy on the powers that be. If anyone is interested in getting a head start the sUAS ARC Recommendations make a good source for material.

7. Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS)

Popular Title: Small Unmanned Aircraft
RIN 2120-AJ60
Stage: NPRM
Previous Stage:None
Abstract: This rulemaking would enable small unmanned aircraft to safely operate in limited portions of the national airspace system (NAS). This action is necessary because it addresses the novel legal or policy issues about the minimum safety parameters for operating recreational remote control model and toy aircraft in the NAS. The intended effect of this action is to develop requirements and standards to ensure that risks are adequately mitigated, such that safety is maintained for the entire aviation community.
Regulatory Flexibility Act
Information Collection

Prompting action: Statute
Legal Deadline: Pub. L. 112-95, sec. 332(b) requires issuance of final rule 18 months after integration plan is submitted to Congress. Integration plan due Feb. 14, 2013, thus final rule must be issued by 8/14/2014. : 08/14/2014

Rulemaking Project Initiated: 07/28/2009
Docket Number:
Dates for NPRM:
Milestone Originally
Date New
Date Actual
To OST 01/24/2011 09/02/2011 08/29/2011
Returned to Mode 12/27/2011
Resent to OST 12/30/2011 12/30/2011
To OMB 02/03/2011 03/08/2013
OMB Clearance 03/07/2011 06/10/2013
Publication Date 03/10/2011 06/24/2013
End of Comment Period 07/14/2011 10/24/2013

Explanation for any delay: Unanticipated issues requiring further analysis

Federal Register Citation for NPRM: None


Patrick Egan

Editor in Field, sUAS News Americas Desk | Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. Experience in the field includes assignments with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab investigating solutions on future warfare research projects. Instructor for LTA (Lighter Than Air) ISR systems deployment teams for an OSD, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Surveillance Project. Built and operated commercial RPA prior to 2007 FAA policy clarification. On the airspace integration side, he serves as director of special programs for the RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association).