FAA Seeks Input on ‘UAS Event Reporting System’ – Then Rescinds Offer

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is requesting public input on a potential information-collection system in which the public would report unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations they deem “suspicious or illegal.”

According to the notice/request for comments, posted May 10, the agency plans to seek approval from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget to create the UAS event reporting system (UETS), which would “collect, process and report [drone] airborne and ground-based observations.”

The FAA says the UETS would help “enable the reporting of UAS sightings that cause public concern for safety, national security, and/or privacy.”

Update: As of a May 12 notice from the agency, the request has been withdrawn. The FAA contends that the notice “contained errors and needs further clarification.”



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