Time is running out to weigh in on important polices that will impact the future of drone operations in the U.S. This Monday, April 15th at 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, marks the final deadline for the public to submit comments on two separate Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Federal Aviation Administation (FAA).
An NPRM is issued, by law, from one of the government’s independent agencies when they wish to add, remove, or change a rule or regulation. The FAA, in this case, is subsequently required to review every single comment submitted over the 60-day period, respond appropriately to concerns raised, and either make or alter regulations.
To date, the Advanced NPRM for Safe and Secure Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft, which includes guidelines for implementing payload and flying beyond visual line of sight, has received over 1,400 comments. DJI, a leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, recently released an official statement on the alarming lack of commentary regarding the other NPRM, Operations of Small Aircraft Over People.
At the time the statement was published, less than 100 people weighed in on the latter NPRM. Since then, over 200 comments have been submitted regarding operations at night and over people. Since the FAA takes the public’s input into consideration when making its final decision, it is important to read through the entire regulation and provide thoughtful, fact-based responses to each issue posed.
‘Drone professionals know society has barely tapped the potential of this transformative technology, and we appreciate the FAA’s willingness to listen to the voices of people who use drones every day as they craft these necessary rules,’ said Brendan Schulman, DJI’s Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs. ‘Given how vital these rules are for every professional drone pilot in America, it is surprising to see how few comments have been received. We strongly encourage professional drone operators and fleet operators to read the FAA’s proposals and submit their perspectives on how to ensure drones can handle expanded responsibilities safely.’
DJI plans to contribute comments to each of these NPRMs.