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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BL32 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Regulate Uncrewed Aircraft Systems as "Aircraft" 

NOAA is proposing to add a definition of aircraft to its regulations that will include uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS). The purpose of this change is to codify NOAA’s interpretation that existing regulations applicable to aircraft operated within national marine sanctuaries apply to UAS. NOAA also proposes to continue to issue permits to condition UAS operations in ways that minimize and/or fully avoid wildlife disturbance. UAS permit special conditions would be based on comprehensive scientific literature review reports.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Info./Admin./Other 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 15 CFR 922   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Vicki Wedell
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1305 East-West Highway (N/ORM6),
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:240 533-0650