New Part 107 Waiver Report – Operations Granted by FAA
On August 29, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration implemented Part 107 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, also known as the small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule. It created a regulatory framework that enabled civil and commercial operations of UAS weighing 55 pounds or less. Generally, Part 107 requires operators to fly under 400 feet above ground level (AGL), within visual line of sight and only during daylight hours. UAS operators who want to fly outside the requirements of Part 10, such as to conduct beyond line of sight or nighttime operations, may request a waiver from the FAA. The FAA began issuing waivers the same day Part 107 took effect.
Almost four years later, more than 4,000 waivers have been issued to operators in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. AUVSI has captured information on these waivers to uncover trends and assess the continued progress of these more advanced UAS operations.