On Aug. 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) implemented its Small UAS Rule, which adopted specific rules for the operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) weighing less than 55 pounds and used for commercial/civil and hobbyist purposes in the National Airspace System (NAS). Furthermore, the FAA sought to simplify and streamline the pilot certification, UAS registration and waiver requirements by providing an alternative to requirements covered under Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 – several commercial stakeholders viewed Section 333 as tedious and burdensome since it required UAS operators to hold manned pilot’s licenses. SIA is pleased to unveil its UAS FAQ for the Security Industry to assist security providers and practitioners in comprehending the UAS regulatory landscape prior to procuring and operating UAS for commercial security purposes. The fact sheet covers general regulatory requirements for UAS operations, counter-UAS rules and potential legal action, pilot certification requirements and UAS waiver authorization for certain UAS operations.
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