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FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee Issues Final Recommendations for UAS Detection and Mitigation

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ARC Recommendations on Counter UAS, UAS Detection and Mitigation Systems

The FAA recently received the final recommendations from the UAS Detection and Mitigation Systems Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). This milestone follows the directive outlined in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 to address the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Air Space (NAS). The ARC, comprised of representatives from diverse aviation communities, government entities, subject matter experts, and stakeholders, began work in May 2023 with a focus on ensuring the safety and efficiency of the NAS amid the increasing presence of UAS.

The ARC’s recommendations underscore several crucial points:
  • Policy decisions should be informed by a thorough understanding of the UAS industry, with separate consideration for detection and mitigation issues.Robust research and analysis are necessary to establish minimum performance standards, safety frameworks, best practices, and training programs for UAS detection and mitigation systems.
  • Testing protocols should be established, with third-party verification, for system testing and authorization.
  • An entity responsible for monitoring UAS detection and mitigation operations in airport terminal airspace should be established.
  • Clear approval processes should be developed for deployment at airports and non-airport facilities, with mandatory training and certification for system operators.
  • A scalable regulatory framework, with privacy protections, should be implemented to govern operational requirements and data sharing.

Read the full ARC recommendations document here.

Article Credit: UAV Coach
 
Sounds like setting up a detection and mitigation system will have a lot of hoops to jump through.
 
Typical government bureaucracy - they convened a meeting to discuss the parameters of how to make policy decisions. Heaven forbid they actually make policy, let alone implement it.
 
Typical government bureaucracy - they convened a meeting to discuss the parameters of how to make policy decisions. Heaven forbid they actually make policy, let alone implement it.
Aviation Rulemaking Committees are part of the process, but have no true power to actually implement them. These are ARCs set up to give the FAA and DOT suggestions. That's it.

While I agree there is WAY too much gov't bureaucracy in the drone world (I deal with it weekly), this isn't the case for the CUAS ARC.
 
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