“FAA to form new BVLOS aviation rulemaking committee” – administrator Steve Dickson

“I’m pleased to announce that the FAA is forming a new Aviation Rulemaking Committee, or ARC, to help the agency develop a regulatory path for routine Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations,” said Steve Dickson, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator at the June 9 FAA symposium. “This committee will consider the safety, security and environmental needs, as well as societal benefits, of these operations. Within six months, the committee will submit a recommendations report to the FAA.

“I think we can all agree this is a big step forward, and it will help pave the way for routine package delivery, infrastructure inspection, and other more complex drone operations beyond the visual line-of-sight of the remote pilot. We’re also investing in research and partner programs like BEYOND, which will help us create performance-based, technology-agnostic rules.

“BEYOND started last year where the Integration Pilot Program left off. We’re working with eight of the nine IPP participants and some new partners over the next 3-4 years to advance and expand the scope of repeatable and scalable Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations under today’s rules. There’s a great deal of additional research underway, in part through our government, industry, academic, and international partners. Topics of high interest and ongoing work include UTM, and passenger transport capabilities, including Urban Air Mobility.

“We’re also studying the risks of drones, including ground and airborne collision severity studies, engine ingestion testing, and UAS detection, which we are testing at five airports over the next two years. As you know, the FAA is not only a regulator, but we’re also an air navigation services provider; so of course we’re heavily invested in making sure the drone ecosystem will fit hand-in-glove with our air traffic control system.”

The FAA is also in the final stages of selecting the Test Administrators for The Recreational UAS Safety Test, with the deployment of the test announced soon on the website – FAA.gov.

“The test will provide recreational pilots with safety training tips, best practices, and educational resources. Perhaps more importantly, I see it as a way to bring more recreational pilots into the pilot family and aviation safety culture so that we can all continue to learn and grow, together. Deployment of the test will be announced on our website,” said the administrator.

Below is the UAS Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) Proposed Membership.

FAA Co-Chair: Jay Merkle, Executive Director, FAA UAS Integration Office Industry Co-

Chairs: Eileen Lockhart, Xcel Energy; Sean Cassidy, Amazon Prime Air Stakeholder Group Organizations (90 Total)

Academia/Standards Bodies

  1. ASTM International
  2. ASSURE UAS Center of Excellence
  3. SAE International
  4. Virginia Tech UAS Test Site
  5. Transportation Research Board, Aviation Committee
  6. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine
  7. Missouri University of Science and Technology, INSPIRE UTC

Infrastructure Security

  1. Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA)
  2. American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)
  3. American Petroleum Institute (API)
  4. Association of Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)
  5. Indianapolis Airport Authority


  1. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  2. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
  3. Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

State/Local/ Tribal/Territorial Interests (including environment and equity)

  1. African American Mayors Association
  2. Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)
  3. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
  4. Cherokee Nation
  5. Choctaw Nation
  6. City of Reno
  7. Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)
  8. National Association of Counties (NACo)
  9. National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO)
  10. National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
  11. National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
  12. National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA)
  13. National Governors Association (NGA)
  14. National League of Cities (NLC)
  15. Nature Conservancy 2
  16. World Wildlife Fund

Technology/Network Infrastructure Interests

  1. Airbus
  2. AirMap
  3. Aloft Technologies Inc.
  4. AriAscend/DSPA
  5. AT&T
  6. AURA Network
  7. ANRA
  8. DroneUp
  9. Echodyne
  10. Iris Automation
  11. L3 Harris
  12. OneSky
  13. Praxis Aerospace Concepts
  14. Qualcomm
  15. T-Mobile
  16. Verizon/Skyward
  17. Vigilant Aerospace

Traditional Aviation Associations

  1. Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
  2. Airplane Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
  3. Flight Safety Foundation (FSF)
  4. General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)
  5. Helicopter Association International (HAI)
  6. Latino Pilots Association
  7. Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP)
  8. Woman in Aviation International (WAI)

UAS Associations

  1. Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
  2. Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA)
  3. Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
  4. CTIA
  5. Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI)
  6. Women in Drones

UAS Manufacturers

  1. Aerovironment
  2. AirRobotics
  3. Boeing Insitu
  4. Matternet
  5. Percepto
  6. Skydio 3

UAS Operators

  1. AgEagle
  2. Amazon Prime Air
  3. American Robotics
  4. BNSF Railways
  5. CNN
  6. Dominion Energy
  7. DroneResponders
  8. First Person View Freedom Coalition
  9. Edison Electric Institute
  10. FedEx
  11. Florida Power and Light
  12. Great Plains Test Site (ND)
  13. National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE)
  14. NUAIR Test Site (NY)
  15. News Media Coalition
  16. Phoenix Air
  17. State Farm
  18. University of Alaska Test Site
  19. UPS Flight Forward
  20. Wing Aviation
  21. Xcel Energy
  22. Zipline



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