Among many new provisions in this two-year reauthorization for the FAA, come some specific new requirements relating to UAS activities:

  • Creates a risk-based permitting process
  • Calls for the development of a research plan for a UAS traffic management system
  • Directs federal agency use of industry stakeholders when developing standards
  • Affirms respect for privacy
  • Establishes an online aeronautical safety test before flying
  • Authorizes FAA pilot programs for drone intercept at airports
  • Fosters innovation through case-by-case exemptions beyond line of sight
  • Clarifies local government responsibilities when crafting UAS legislation
  • Directs research priorities for UAS test sites