DOT/FAA Announce proposed rule for sUAS

Sunday, February 15 – In a telephonic press conference held today, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced FAA’s long-awaited proposed regulation for the operation of commercial unmanned aircraft in the national airspace.

As stated in the FAA press release, the “proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits.”

“The new rules would not apply to model aircraft.  However, model aircraft operators must continue to satisfy all of the criteria specified in Sec. 336 of Public Law 112-95 (Special Rule for Model Aircraft), including the stipulation that they be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes.”

“The public will be able to comment on the proposed regulation for 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register, which can be found at,”

In response to the announcement, the AMA published the following statement…

FAA Notice of Proposed Rule Making for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Broomfield, CO — Aerial Data Systems, today released the following statement in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems released by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“While we have not yet fully reviewed the proposed rule, we are pleased to see the FAA has concluded that the maximum ceiling for UAVs has been raised to 500 feet.

“As the nationwide educator of UAS technology Aerial Data Systems has created relevant safety guidelines, best practices and operating principles that have allowed enthusiasts to operate their aircraft and safely use this technology.

“Aerial Data Systems is committed to ushering in regulations and providing a path way for GIS professionals to gather GIS data. 

Click the links below to read the FAA documents released in conjunction with the announcement…


FAA sUAS Proposed Rule Press Release

Overview of the Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Fact Sheet – 2/15/2015