Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., and Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., have introduced H.R.4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, which includes a section covering the operations of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
According to the legislation, AIRR would enact the following for the UAS industry:
- Create a risk-based permitting process for operations;
- Promote greater usage of the six FAA UAStest sites, including the further development of sense-and-avoid technology;
- Create a streamlined approach to the FAA’s permitting small UAS operations for certain uses;
- Direct the FAA to conduct a pilot program evaluating UAS detection and mitigation technology;
- Facilitate the use of UAS for firefighting;
- Direct the U.S. Department of Transportation(DOT) inspector general to assess the FAA’sregistration process and require the FAA to assess compliance with and effectiveness of the system;
- Establish a government-industry advisory committee on a low-altitude UAS traffic management system (UTM); and
- Direct the DOT to conduct a study on the privacy implications of UAS.
The bill would also streamline the FAA’s aviation equipment and aircraft certification processes, provide additional consumer protections, address aviation safety issues, give the FAA more tools for the safe integration of UAS and provide for airport infrastructure improvements across the country.
Looks like AUVSI and The Small UAV Coalition have some work to do. I am still learning the relationship between influencing the bill – which has not yet been voted on – and influencing new rules and regs coming out of the FAA as a result of the bill.
A lot of interesting ideas here – wonder who has been coaching them up?