FAA Offers Webinars On UAS Changes

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Last month, the FAA said it plans to establish six test ranges to start integrating unmanned aircraft systems into the National Airspace System, and last week, the agency said it will offer two webinars with more information about its plans and a question-and-answer session. The two identical webinars, which are meant to provide more information for those who might want to comment on the proposal, are scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to noon EDT, and Wednesday, April 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. EDT. Each webinar will include a discussion of the proposed changes and a question-and-answer period. Online pre-registration is required to attend.

The FAA said it intends to choose the six test sites from proposals submitted by government agencies, private institutions, and other organizations. The sites will be used to help develop certification standards and traffic requirements for unmanned flight operations by government and private operators. By 2015, the FAA hopes to have drones fully integrated into the national airspace. The changes are spurred by language in the FAA reauthorization bill. Comments on the proposal will be accepted until May 8. The FAA's proposal, the request for comments, plus information on where to send them is available online.