Bracing for Impact

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July 31, 2015 | Source: Vertical Magazine, Henry H. Perritt, Jr. & Eliot O. Sprague

he FAA’s long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on the operation and certification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)

On Feb. 23, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published its long-awaited notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on the operation and certification of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in the Federal Register. The posting set off sighs of relief in some quarters and handwringing elsewhere, as the 60-day countdown for public comment on the proposal began ticking away.

“We are happy to see the FAA seems to have followed the spirit of [our] advice in taking a thoughtful and measured approach,” National Press Photographers Association president Mark Dolan told Vertical. At the other end of the scale, one early commenter on the NPRM said one of its provisions “will cripple the viability of almost all known commercial applications of UAS technologies.”