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DOT/FAA RIN: 2120-AL82 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Normalizing Unmanned Aircraft Systems Beyond Visual Line of Sight Operations 

This action would normalize certain low altitude unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, while ensuring the safety and efficiency of the United States airspace. It is the next step in integrating UAS into the national airspace system (NAS), providing for significant safety, societal, and economic advantages and benefits. This action is expected to dramatically expedite the introduction of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) UAS operations in the NAS. Using consensus-based standards, this action would establish a regulatory process for issuing a special airworthiness certificate (SAC) for unmanned aircraft (up to 1,320 pounds), as well as the acceptance of their associated elements. It would create new operational and design requirements for unmanned aircraft issued a SAC, enabling routine beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations without waivers or exemptions. The rulemaking would prescribe a new BVLOS rating for the remote pilot certificate. It would also build new operating rules for UAS cargo delivery for compensation or hire under the new part. Finally, this action would create a defined regulatory approval pathway for third-party services, to include UAS Traffic Management (UTM) service suppliers.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 14 CFR 107    14 CFR 137    14 CFR 21    14 CFR 65    14 CFR 91    14 CFR 119    14 CFR 135    14 CFR 137   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f)    49 U.S.C. 106(g)    49 U.S.C. 40101    49 U.S.C. 40105   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jarrett Larrow
Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20591
Phone:844 359-6982