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Old May 2nd 18, 04:40 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Larry Dighera
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This is going to be interesting. I'm wondering how 91.113
See-And-Avoid will be accomplished by UAS operators. The FAA will
have its hands full managing swarms of drones at low level within the
NAS posing a MAC hazard to piloted flight operations of helos, and
landing and departing flights. What could go wrong? :-(





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DOT Moves To Monetize Drones

By Mary Grady | May 1, 2018

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It’s a small step, but the Transportation Department on Monday took
what could be the first move toward allowing the widespread commercial
use of drones to transport cargo, and eventually, passengers as well.
The DOT—the parent of the FAA—published a “notification of procedures”
(PDF) https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-201...2018-09057.pdf
on Monday stating that it will provide “certificate or exemption
authority” to companies proposing to operate drones to engage in air
transportation, including the delivery of goods for compensation. The
FAA also verified to AVweb that the statement applies to the transport
of passengers in “autonomous or semi-autonomous flying taxis” as well
as cargo. The FAA also told AVweb the agency’s goal is to encourage
industry to move forward and develop their ideas without being
encumbered by the slow pace of FAA rulemaking, while emphasizing that
“both the FAA and industry will not compromise on safety.”

The FAA will retain “safety authority” over all operations, the DOT
said in its notification. “Companies proposing to operate UAS to
engage in air transportation, including the delivery of goods for
compensation, must first obtain certificate or exemption authority
from the Department prior to engaging in the air transportation,” the
DOT said. “The Department intends to use its existing regulatory
procedures for processing UAS operators’ requests for economic
authority.” Amazon and Google already are developing drones with the
aim to deliver products directly to customers, and multiple companies,
including Boeing and Airbus, are working on concepts for passenger
drones.
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https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-201...2018-09057.pdf

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Office of the Secretary
14 CFR Parts 205 and 298
Notification to UAS Operators
Proposing To Engage in Air
Transportation
AGENCY:
Office of the Secretary (OST),
Department of Transportation (DOT).
ACTION:
Notification of procedures.
SUMMARY:
This document sets forth the
procedure to seek an air taxi operator
exemption to hold economic authority
from the Department of Transportation
(DOT or Department) for companies
proposing to engage in certain air
transportation operations with
unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
DATES:
April 30, 2018.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Lauralyn Remo, Chief, Air Carrier
Fitness Division (202) 366–5347, 1200
New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC
20590.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
In order to engage directly or indirectly in air
transportation,
1
a citizen of the United

States
2
is required to hold economic
authority from the Department pursuant
to 49 U.S.C. 41101, either in the form of
a ‘‘certificate of public convenience and
necessity’’ or in the form of an
exemption from the certificate
requirement. This authority is separate
and distinct from any safety authority
required by the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA).
Companies proposing to operate UAS
to engage in air transportation,
including the delivery of goods for
compensation, must first obtain
certificate or exemption authority from
the Department prior to engaging in the
air transportation. The Department
intends to use its existing regulatory
procedures for processing UAS
operators’ requests for economic
authority. The Department’s regulation
in 14 CFR part 298 (part 298) provides
an exemption to air taxi operators from
the certificate requirements of 49 U.S.C.
41101, provided that, among other
things, the air carrier is a citizen of the
United States as defined in 49 U.S.C.
40102(a)(15), maintains liability
insurance required by part 205 of our
rules (14 CFR part 205), and registers
with the Department.
3
The exemption
authority conferred by part 298 is not
available to air carriers that operate
‘‘large’’ aircraft.
4
For UAS operators
looking to transport goods for
compensation, an exemption under part
298 is an appropriate form of economic
authority. The Department will consider
whether granting the exemption is
appropriate based on the specific facts
and circumstances of each proposed
operation.
To become an air taxi operator,
operators must submit a registration
application (OST Form 4507) and a
current aircraft liability insurance
certificate (OST Form 6410).
5
A
stamped OST Form 4507 with an
effective date will be sent to the
operator as confirmation of its approved
air taxi registration with the
Department. Initial registrations must be
mailed along with the required filing
fee.
6
Air taxis located in the State of
Alaska must submit their OST Form
4507 and OST Form 6410 to Federal
Aviation Administration, Alaskan
Regional Headquarters, AAL–231, 222
West 7th Ave., Box 14, Anchorage,
Alaska 99513. All other air taxis must
submit their OST Form 4507 and OST
Form 6410 to Federal Aviation
Administration, AFS–200, Rm. 831, 800
Independence Ave. SW, Washington,
DC 20591. Amendments may be filed
electronically at
[email protected]
faa.gov.
Additional instruction material
concerning air taxi registration can also
be found in the FAA’s air taxi guidance
handbook, ‘‘How to Become an On-
Demand Air Carrier Operator.’’
Signed in Washington, DC, on April 24,
2018.
Joel Szabat,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and
International Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2018–09057 Filed 4–27–18; 8:45 am]
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/ Vol. 83, No. 83 / Monday, April 30, 2018 / Rules and
Regulations

1
‘‘Air transportation’’ means foreign air
transportation, interstate air transportation, or the
transportation of mail by aircraft. Interstate air
transportation includes the transportation of
property by aircraft for compensation across state,
international, or U.S. territorial boundaries, or
wholly within a U.S. territory or the District of
Columbia, or between islands in the State of
Hawaii; or the transportation of more than a
de minimis volume of property moving as part of a
continuous journey when any portion of the
journey is conducted by aircraft. The assessment of
whether property transported wholly within one
state is more than a de minimis amount or is part
of a continuous journey thereby constituting ‘‘air
transportation’’ is specific to the facts and
circumstances of each operation. 49 U.S.C.
40102(a)(5) and 14 CFR 298.2.

2
A ‘‘citizen of the United States’’ includes a
corporation organized in the United States that (1)
meets certain specified standards regarding the
citizenship of its president, officers and directors,
and holders of its voting interest and (2) is under
the actual control of citizens of the United States.
49 U.S.C. 40102(a)(15).

3
See 14 CFR 298.3, 298.11, and 298.24.

4
Large aircraft means any aircraft originally
designed to have a maximum passenger capacity of
more than 60 seats or a maximum payload capacity
of more than 18,000 pounds (
See 14 CFR 298.2).
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