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ATC Authorization in Controlled Airspace under Part 107
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Revision of a currently approved collection
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DOT is requesting emergency processing for this new collection of information as specified in the PRA and its implementing regulations. DOT cannot reasonably comply with normal clearance procedures because the use of normal clearance procedures is reasonably likely to result in further distraction to Air Traffic Controllers and further non-compliant operations. Due to the pressing safety consideration of reducing safety reports due to noncompliant UAS operations, the FAA cannot wait the normal 90 days of public comment.
DOT is requesting emergency processing for this new collection of information as specified in the PRA and its implementing regulations. DOT cannot reasonably comply with normal clearance procedures because the use of normal clearance procedures is reasonably likely to result in further distraction to Air Traffic Controllers and further non-compliant operations. Due to the pressing safety consideration of reducing safety reports due to noncompliant UAS operations, the FAA cannot wait the normal 90 days of public comment. Currently, airspace authorization requests may be in queue sixty to ninety days before receiving a response. The time necessary to process these requests has resulted in an increase in safety reports due to noncompliant operations. Today there are an average of 250 safety reports a month, or approximately 1,500 over a six-month period, associated with a potential risk of an incident between manned aircraft and a UAS. In addition, because of the lengthy queue for processing through the authorization Web site, Air Traffic Controllers routinely receive calls from UAS operators seeking approval to operate. These calls create distractions for Air Traffic Control management and in some cases can impact the controllers managing manned traffic creating a potential safety hazard. To mitigate these potential hazards, the FAA is seeking to implement the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system. Using the LAANC system, the FAA will be able to grant near-real time authorizations for the vast majority of operations. Implementation of the LAANC system is vital to the safety of the National Airspace System because it would (1) encourage compliance with 14 CFR 107.41 by speeding up the time to process authorization requests (2) reduce distraction of controllers working in the Tower, and (3) increase public access and capacity of the system to grant authorizations. LAANC is expected to dramatically reduce the incidence of noncompliant operations. The FAA estimates a minimum of 30% reduction in noncompliant operations would result in 450 fewer safety reports over the next six months.
49 USC 44701
Name of Law: General Requirements
Pub.L. 112 - 95 333
Name of Law: FAA Modernization & Reform Act of 2012
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ATC Authorization Request
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The program change is changing due to agency discretion in the way Part 107 authorization requests are processed. A complete description of the change can be found in the in the response to Question 1. The FAA collects this information in accordance with the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Final Rule, 81 FR 42064 (June 28, 2016) from operators wishing to conduct small unmanned aircraft operations in Class B, C, D, and the lateral surfaces of Class E airspace and/or request a waiver of a regulation listed in 14 CFR § 107.205. The FAA uses the information it collects to approve or disapprove requests for airspace authorizations. The information will be collected via LAANC is substantively similar to information collected for authorization processing via the FAA web portal/Drone Zone. Since the promulgation of Part 107, the FAA has received an extremely high volume of airspace authorization requests for UAS operations. Requests have steadily increased over time and the volume of these authorization requests has dramatically increased the time between submission and approval of the same. Currently, airspace authorization requests may be in queue sixty to ninety days before receiving a response. Using the LAANC system, the FAA will be able to grant near-real time authorizations for the vast majority of operations.
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On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
(a) It is necessary for the proper performance of agency functions;
(b) It avoids unnecessary duplication;
(c) It reduces burden on small entities;
(d) It uses plain, coherent, and unambiguous language that is understandable to respondents;
(e) Its implementation will be consistent and compatible with current reporting and recordkeeping practices;
(f) It indicates the retention periods for recordkeeping requirements;
(g) It informs respondents of the information called for under 5 CFR 1320.8 (b)(3) about:
(i) Why the information is being collected;
(ii) Use of information;
(iii) Burden estimate;
(iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
(v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
(vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
(h) It was developed by an office that has planned and allocated resources for the efficient and effective management and use of the information to be collected.
(i) It uses effective and efficient statistical survey methodology (if applicable); and
(j) It makes appropriate use of information technology.
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.