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DOT/FAA RIN: 2120-AJ60 Publication ID: Spring 2016 
Title: Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems 

This rulemaking would allow the commercial operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS). These changes would address the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems, certification of their operators, registration of the small unmanned aircraft, and display of registration markings. This action would also find airworthiness certification is not required for small unmanned aircraft system operations subject to this rulemaking.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 14 CFR 91   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 44701    Pub. L. 112-95   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Pub. L. 112-95, sec. 332(b) requires issuance of final rule 18 months after integration plan is submitted to Congress. Integration plan due Feb. 14, 2013  08/14/2014 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/23/2015  80 FR 9544   
NPRM Comment Period End  04/24/2015 
Final Rule  07/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Lance Nuckolls
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office
Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW,
Washington, DC 20024