US BVLOS aviation rule making committee seeks input on final report – 22 June meeting

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is hosting a public meeting to give members of the public an opportunity to comment on the final report of the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) Aviation Rule making Committee (ARC). The FAA invites public comments related to all aspects of the final report, and in particular, comments related to initial reactions and areas that the FAA should further explore for performance-based regulatory requirements to normalize safe, scalable, economically viable, and environmentally advantageous UAS BVLOS operations that are not under positive ATC.

A copy of the UAS BVLOS ARC charter and final report can be downloaded at: https://www.faa.gov/​regulations_​policies/​rulemaking/​committees/​documents/​index.cfm/​committee/​browse/​committeeID/​837.

Background

the FAA established the UAS BVLOS ARC in June 2021 to provide recommendations to the FAA on performance-based regulatory requirements to normalize safe, scalable, economically viable, and environmentally advantageous UAS BVLOS operations that are not under positive air traffic control (ATC). The UAS BVLOS ARC, composed of stakeholders from 86 organizations, was tasked with providing recommendations that addressed requirements and supported concepts of the following BVLOS operations: Long-line linear infrastructure inspections, industrial aerial data gathering, small package delivery, and precision agriculture operations, including crop spraying.

The meeting will be held on June 22, 2022, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This meeting will be held virtually. Members of the public who wish to view the meeting can access the livestream on the following FAA social media platforms on the day of the event, https://www.facebook.com/​FAA or https://www.youtube.com/​FAAnews.

Members of the public who wish to provide written comments and/or oral comments may do so by emailing 9-FAA-UAS-BVLOS@faa.gov.

Meeting minutes and other information will be posted at: https://www.faa.gov/​regulations_​policies/​rulemaking/​committees/​documents/​index.cfm/​committee/​browse/​committeeID/​837.

Requests to provide oral comments related to the BVLOS ARC report during the meeting must be received no later than June 7, 2022, and must include the commenter’s full name and email address. Requests received without this information may not be given the opportunity to provide oral comment. The opportunity to provide oral comment will be given in the order that the requests are received. Comments should be limited to five minutes and must be reserved to the topic of the BVLOS ARC Final Report. Members of the public who submit a request to make oral comments during the meeting will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to participate in the meeting virtually.

Commenters who may need longer than five minutes are strongly encouraged to submit a written comment. The FAA will accept written comments until June 29, 2022.

Point of contact:Laura E. Gómez, 202-267-8076, Federal Aviation Administration, at 9-FAA-UAS-BVLOS@faa.gov with “Attention to Laura E. Gómez” in the subject line.

For more information visit:

www.federalregister.gov

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