According to a recent update on DOT’s Rulemaking Webpage the projected publication date for the small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) has been pushed back to July 2012. Though this has not yet been confirmed by the FAA Unmanned Aircraft Program Office (UAPO), sources close to the office say that the rule still resides at the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) and at this point it’s anybody’s guess as to when the NPRM will be published. My guess is that recent provisions in the FAA reauthorization bill in regards to the commercial and public use of UAS, as well as model aircraft, have created the need to revisit several portions of the proposed rule.
Though the delay in the release of the NPRM is unfortunate, the advent of the sUAS rule is inevitable. Check back often for the latest news and updates on the sUAS rulemaking process.
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