Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People Notice of Final Rulemaking
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is publishing the Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People final rulemaking in accordance with the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-254 (2018). The FAA published a Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Privacy Impact Assessment on March 18, 2019. That NPRM added a new subpart to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 107 establishing a framework that would allow certain small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (small UAS) to operate over human beings. The final rulemaking allows small UAS expanded routine operations over people, operations over moving vehicles, and operations at night without a waiver or exemption, under certain conditions. The final rulemaking also revises regulations to require a remote pilot to complete recurrent training instead of recurrent aeronautical knowledge testing. Additionally, this final rulemaking requires the remote pilot in command to have their remote pilot in command certificate readily accessible and be able to present this certificate, along with requisite identification, to certain Federal, state, or local officials, upon request. The FAA is publishing a Privacy Impact Assessment that addresses the privacy concerns raised by members of the general public associated with the operational use of small UAS over people.