The US Department for Transportation secretary Elaine Chao has put forward new UAV laws giving pilots more freedom.
Announced yesterday, the new laws and pilot project could allow overnight flight and flight over people without the requirement of a waiver from the FAA, if under certain conditions.
In a statement on the FAA website, it said the changes to Part 107 would attempt to balance the need to mitigate safety risks without inhibiting technological and operational advances.
It went on to confirm that it will seek public input to identify major drone safety and security issues that may pose a threat to other aircraft, to people on the ground or to national security as drones are integrated into our national airspace as part of the implementation.
In addition to the new rules, the pilot project, set to kick-off in September, is intended to develop and demonstrate a traffic management system to safely integrate drone flights within the nation’s airspace system.
It will also aim to create a shared information network and gather data that can be used for future rulemakings.
Through a stringent application and evaluation process, Nevada UAS Test Site Smart Silver State; Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site; and, Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership were selected providers were selected based on the strength of industry partnership, the maturity of the technology offered, and overall cost.
These contracts have been awarded to mature technologies for unmanned aircraft traffic management including, flight planning, communications, aircraft separation and weather services for these drones, which will operate under 400 feet.