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FAADroneZone Appendix B: Certificate of Authorization (COA) Application in FAADroneZone (CADZ)

The Certificate of Authorization (COA) Application in FAADroneZone (CADZ) is a web-based application that provides an interactive online application process to request a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for a specific flight operation by a proponent, hereafter referred to as the applicant.  The Air Traffic Organization (ATO) initially developed the Certificate of Authorization (COA) Application Processing System (CAPS) to meet the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-254 Section 44807, Special Authority for Certain Unmanned Aircraft Systems, directs the FAA to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). The legacy CAPS was never fully developed, requires functionality that requires user workarounds, and did not meet the requirements. The CADZ was developed as a replacement.

The CADZ is part of the FAADroneZone services. This is an Appendix to the overarching PIA for FAADroneZone located at

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Last updated: Friday, June 23, 2023