On March16, 2016 the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee voted to send S. 2658, the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016, to the Senate floor for consideration, as amended.  Highlights from the bill:

  • Establishes a micro UAS classification to provide for commercial operation of the smallest category of UAS
  • Includes a provision that will enable broader UAS access to commercial mobile services and unlicensed spectrum
  • Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to grant exemptions for UAS operations beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) and at night
  • Supports an unmanned traffic management (UTM) pilot program