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CRAMER: New Final Rules For Small UAS Balance Innovation With Safety

Aug 29, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Kevin Cramer released the following statement following today’s announcement of the final rule on the operation of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS). This final rule was issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) and is the first uniform national regulations for commercial UAS under 55 pounds.

The entire 624-page publication detailing the rules can be viewed here. Cramer is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus.

“These final rules are an important milestone in the safe integration of small UAS into commercial airspace. They balance innovation with safety and acknowledge that some rules, like take-off and landing, are best addressed at state and local levels. I am especially pleased that remote pilots will no longer need a Certificate of Authorization from the FAA or an exemption, as long as they operate within the rules and hold the appropriate Remotely Piloted Aircraft certificate.  This rule gives companies blanket approval for commercial UAS operations, saving the previous long and onerous burden for both the operator and the FAA to obtain permission. These rules will enable the UAS industry to flourish and will further strengthen North Dakota’s leadership position demonstrating the promise of the UAS industry in commercial applications, including agriculture and energy.”