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The FAA’s New Small UAS Rule: What Airport Sponsors and Local Governments Need to Know

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its long-anticipated Final Rule (14 C.F.R. Part 107) authorizing the civil use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System. The Final Rule will be effective on August 27, 2016, 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, and establishes a framework for the routine, civil operation of UAS. Importantly, Part 107 also permits the FAA to waive the majority of its requirements on a case-by-case basis upon application with supporting documentation commensurate with the extent of the waiver request. This white paper summarizes the Final Rule

Posted 7/01/16 (Fri) read more »

DOT and FAA Finalize Rules for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace. These new regulations work to harness new innovations safely, to spur job growth, advance critical scientific research and save lives.

Posted 6/21/16 (Tue) read more »

FAA Issues Final Policy on Hangar Use

The FAA's final policy on the non-aeronautical use of airport hangars has been published in the Federal Register and will take effect on July 1, 2017. The FAA is issuing the policy to clarify how aviation facilities - including hangars can be used on airports that receive federal funds. The final policy strikes a balance between hangar use for aviation and non-aviation purposes.

Posted 6/16/16 (Thu) read more »

$3.4 Million Awarded for Airport Infrastructure Grants

On June 9th, the Aeronautics Commission held its annual grant meeting and awarded 3.4 million in airport grants.

Posted 6/09/16 (Thu) read more »