[gis_info] FW: Proposed Rules for Small UAS by FAA

SMITH Cy * DAS Cy.SMITH at oregon.gov
Thu Mar 12 12:18:29 PDT 2015

Please pass along to anyone you think might be interested.


Cy Smith, GISP, State GIO
DAS/CIO Geospatial Enterprise Office
Past President, Urban Regional Info. Systems Association (URISA)
Past President, National States Geographic Info. Council (NSGIC)
Past Chair, Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO)
(503) 378-6066, http://gis.oregon.gov<http://gis.oregon.gov/>

From: Staterep [mailto:staterep-bounces at nsgic.org] On Behalf Of William Burgess
Sent: Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:17 PM
To: staterep at nsgic.org
Subject: [NSGIC_State_Rep] Proposed Rules for Small UAS by FAA

Hi Folks –

If interested, please see the attached provisions being proposed in the FAA’s Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Notice of Proposed Rule Making.  Since it references Section 336 of Public Law 112-95 to define Model Aircraft, I copied that section of the law below.

—Notwithstanding any other provision of law relating to the incorporation of unmanned aircraft systems into Federal Aviation Administration plans and policies, including this subtitle, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft, or an aircraft being developed as a model aircraft, if—
(1) the aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use;
(2) the aircraft is operated in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization;
(3) the aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds unless otherwise certified through a design, construction, inspection, flight test, and operational safety program administered by a community-based organization;
(4) the aircraft is operated in a manner that does not interfere with and gives way to any manned aircraft; and
(5) when flown within 5 miles of an airport, the operator of the aircraft provides the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport) with prior notice of the operation (model aircraft operators flying from a permanent location within 5 miles of an airport should establish a mutually-agreed upon operating procedure with the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the
.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the authority of the Administrator to pursue enforcement action against persons operating model aircraft who endanger the safety of the national airspace system.
.—In this section, the term ‘‘model aircraft’’ means an unmanned aircraft that is—
(1) capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere;
(2) flown within visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft; and
(3) flown for hobby or recreational purposes.

Take Care

Bill Burgess, Washington Liaison
National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)
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Denton, Maryland  21629

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