DOT/FAA announces proposed rules for sUAS

Sunday, February 15 – In a telephonic press conference held today, Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced FAA’s long-awaited proposed regulation for the operation of commercial small unmanned aircraft in the national airspace.

As stated in the FAA press release, the “proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits.”

“The new rules would not apply to model aircraft.  However, model aircraft operators must continue to satisfy all of the criteria specified in Sec. 336 of Public Law 112-95 (Special Rule for Model Aircraft), including the stipulation that they be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes.”

“The public will be able to comment on the proposed regulation for 60 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register, which can be found at,”

All the information can be found on the AMA blog