AUVSI UAS Advocacy Committee

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Since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established and implemented rules for commercial and civil use of small unmanned aircraft systems (Part 107), a lot of work has been done to further shape a national UAS policy. In collaboration with industry stakeholders, the federal government has taken steps to advance UAS research, expand commercial operations, and enhance the safety and security of the National Airspace System (NAS). The 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act proposed regulatory rulemakings, and continued government and industry partnerships will help to further move UAS forward.

Priorities for AUVSI’s UAS Advocacy include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementation of the Remote ID Rule and developing next steps for the integration of Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) to work alongside the current air traffic management system.
  • Establishing a clear pathway for advanced UAS operations beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). Drone deliveries, routine public safety operations, and infrastructure inspection are all examples of missions that UAS can safely and securely conduct. Currently, BVLOS missions are heavily scrutinized and tightly scripted, permitted by waiving current rules, rather than through a pathway for approval. A new regulatory framework is required and AUVSI is committed to working with Congress and the FAA to establish rules that unlock the full potential of UAS technology.
  • Ensuring that the FAA retains exclusive sovereignty of airspace of the United States in order to maintain safety and operational consistency across all users of the NAS.
  • Providing law enforcement with the proper authority to mitigate errant or potentially malicious UAS. The industry supported granting additional authorities to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice as part of the recent FAA reauthorization, and will continue to work with our security partners to ensure they have the appropriate authorities to keep our skies secure. Passive tools that can detect and identify UAS and their operators on the ground should be encouraged to be used broadly, in advance of authorization to use active mitigations.
  • Developing strong public-private partnerships to foster voluntary, risk-based approaches to data security and operations management, the development of industry-driven consensus on data management best practices and security standards that ensure critical mission information is accessed by authorized parties, and the development of industry-driven consensus security standards. Prescriptive regulation or government-imposed requirements will inhibit the flexibility necessary to effectively address a constantly evolving cyber risk and may result in a check-list approach to security that is ineffective over time.
  • More spectrum is needed for UAS to one day use command and control technologies at higher altitudes, detect-and-avoid systems, transmit payload data, and strengthen safe operations of UAS in the NAS. In the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) grants the use of spectrum. As the FCC issues proposed rulemakings on the use of specific bands, such as 5Ghz and 6Ghz, it needs to consider future UAS operations and rely on more industry conducted research, testing, and analysis of UAS spectrum use taking place.
  • Opening markets, reducing barriers and regulations, and injecting more certainty and predictability into the marketplace, trade and investment agreements are key catalysts for the innovation progress that drive our global economies and markets.
  • Promoting technology transfer and the international harmonization of standards is essential to realizing the full potential benefits of unmanned systems. Continued updates to multilateral arrangements, such as the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), and the U.S.’s own International Trafficking in Arms Regulation (ITAR), to reflect the advances in unmanned technology is critical to growing this market. Encouraging continued progress on both fronts will provide the conditions required to ensure adoption of unmanned technologies by today’s pioneers who are laying the groundwork for the many applications of our nascent industry.