FAA on track to meet September 2015 deadline

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Jim Williams, manager of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration, said the FAA plans to meet the 2015 deadline for finalizing the regulations for the “introduction of civilian unmanned aircraft systems into the national aerospace system.”

Williams spoke at the Delta AgTech Symposium in Memphis, Tenn., July 8 and answered multiple questions as to why it was taking so long to approve unmanned aircraft for civilian use. Williams, who’s been with the Office of Unmanned Aerial Systems  Integration for two years, explained that the FAA is moving as fast as possible to write the new regulations.

“Congress directed us to do a lot of work, but they did not exempt us from any of the procedures that they put in place that govern the rulemaking process,” Williams said, Delta Farm Press reported. “The bottom line is since I’ve come on board, we’ve made it a priority for the agency, and we’re moving faster than we ever have.”

The FAA plans to release its initial interpretation of the rules in October or November this year, Williams said. Once that interpretation is released, it will be followed by a public comment period of 60 to 90 days. The FAA will use comments submitted during that time to draft and write the final regulations.

To read more about what Williams told attendees, click here.

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