FAA Adds Drone Webinars

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An FAA program to integrate drones into the National Airspace System has drawn lots of interest, the FAA said this week, with more than 4,300 people signing up for online webinars about how they can participate. Based on the demand, the FAA has added two more webinar sessions. Each session will provide participants with an overview of the program and the application process, and the specific criteria and deadlines they will be required to meet. Registration is required. The results from the program will help to inform the development of future regulations that will expand safe UAS operations.

The program will solicit proposals from teams that want to fly more advanced UAS operations, such as beyond visual line-of-sight or over people. After the information session, applicants who want to participate must file a notice of intent with the FAA by 2 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 28. Interested parties then must complete a request for inclusion by 2 p.m. EST on Dec. 13. Lead applicants then must submit a more detailed proposal by 2 p.m. EST on Jan. 4. The FAA will complete a Memorandum of Agreement with the chosen participants by May 7.

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