The Federal Aviation Administration is reportedly on the verge of publishing the draft of its new rules for small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operations.
According to a report from National Defense Magazine, Jim Williams – the manager of the agency’s UAS integration office – stated at an Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) event, that the rule, which “we’ve all been waiting on so long is getting really close to being done.”
He explained that the FAA hopes to release it before the start of 2015 and that it will “open the door to a lot of commercial operations that aren’t authorized today.” When asked about UAS’ complete integration into national airspace, the report says, Williams did not give a specific deadline.
Earlier this summer, an FAA official reportedly said at an Air Line Pilots Association conference that the agency is taking “slow, deliberative steps” to integrate UAS into busier airspace and that manned aircraft pilots do not need to worry about unmanned aircraft in the air “anytime soon.”
Read the full National Defense Magazine coverage here.