SPECIAL RULES FOR CERTAIN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT
(a) IN GENERAL. – Notwithstanding any other
requirement of this subtitle, and not later than 180 days after the date
of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall
determine if certain unmanned aircraft systems may operate safely in the
national airspace system before completion of the plan and rule-making
required by section 332 of this Act or the guidance required by section
334 of this
(b) ASSESSMENT OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS.-
In making the determination under subsection (a), the Secretary shall
determine, at a minimum.
(c) systems, if any, as a result of their size,
weight, speed, operational capacity, proximity to airports and populated
areas, and operation within visual line of sight do not create a hazard
to users of the national airspace system or the public or pose a threat
to national security; and
(1) whether a certificate of waiver, certificate of authorization, or
airworthiness certification under section 44704 of title 49, United
States Code, is required for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems
identified under paragraph.
REQUIREMENTS FOR SAFE OPERATION. - If the
Secretary determines under this section that certain unmanned aircraft
systems may operate safely in the national airspace system, the
Secretary shall establish requirements for the safe operation of such
aircraft systems in the national airspace system
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted eight more companies
regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) use, bringing
the total number of exemption grants to 24.
The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of
2012, Pub. L. 112-95, tasked the FAA to develop rules to integrate UAS
into the NAS. Until those rules are finalized, the FAA has banned
commercial UAS use.
The FAA has listed three exemptions for
civilian commercial use:
Section 333 exemption petitions;
Special Airworthiness Certificates
Experimental Category (SACEC);
Certificates of Waiver or Authorization
While the FAA identified four industries –
movies, flare stack (oil/gas) monitoring, precision agriculture (both
surveillance of crops/livestock and the Economic Impact of Unmanned
Aircraft Systems Integration in the United application of
fertilizer/pesticides) and power line inspections - expected to take
advantage of Section 333, the Drone/Unmanned Aircraft Systems Practice
Group anticipates many other uses for this technology, ranging from
photography to real estate to performance art – we know that the sky is
truly the limit!
According to the Association for Unmanned
Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), over 80% of UAS sales will be in
agricultural sector. However, to date, nearly 40% of petitions are for
motion picture companies, and only three petitions are from the
precision agriculture industry.
Whether you are
jump starting your photography career or looking to change the world
with your new methods of farm surveying - you need to make sure you
follow the FAA laws regarding the commercial operation of drones.
If you are operating a drone (UAS) for commercial applications
without a FAA Section 333 Exemption - You can be fined $10,000+ by
So don't take the risk! File your Section 333 Exemption today!
To legally fly a UAS for commercial use you must first request
exemption from multiple regulations under Section 333 of the FAA
code. We have the Right Team To Get The Job Done!
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to adhere strictly to all U.S. laws and regulations covering the export,
re-export, and import of Defense related articles, technical data, and
services. Such laws and regulations include, but are not limited to, the
Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended (50 U.S.C.), the Export
Administration Regulations (EAR) (administered by the U.S. Department of
Commerce), the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) (22 U.S.C. 2778), and the
International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 C.F.R.)
(Administered by the U.S. Department of State). Further, Homeland
Surveillance & Electronics adheres to additional restrictions on exports
and re-exports contained in various country-specific regulations
administered by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets
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