May 20, 2022

The FAA is holding a public meeting on unmanned aircraft systems beyond visual line of sight (UAS BVLOS) operations from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (EDT) on June 22. The meeting can be accessed via the FAA’s YouTube channel or Facebook page.

In June 2021, the FAA established the UAS BVLOS Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to address these types of operations. The ARC, made up of 86 industry and stakeholder groups, including members of NBAA’s Emerging Technologies Committee, provided the FAA with a final report of more than 70 recommendations in March. The ARC was tasked with providing recommendations for BVLOS operations for long-line linear infrastructure inspections, industrial aerial data gathering, small package delivery and precision agriculture operations, including crop spraying.

The meeting is an opportunity for the public to comment on the UAS BVLOS ARC final report. The agency said it is particularly interested in comments “related to initial reactions and areas that the FAA should further explore for performance-based regulatory requirements to normalize safe, scalable, economically viable, and environmentally advantageous UAS BVLOS operations that are not under positive ATC.”

“The opportunity to share comments at the public meeting or through written submissions is critical to successful policy and rulemaking,” said Heidi Williams, NBAA senior director of air traffic services and infrastructure. “Industry perspective helps the FAA develop effective polices and regulations.”

Members of the public may provide oral comments, but must submit a request to provide oral comments by June 7. Oral comments should be limited to five minutes and must be focused on the topic of the BVLOS ARC report. Email to request time for oral comments.

Written comments will be accepted through June 29.