The FAA have authorised UPS to be able to operate drones beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS). This will allow the drones to make small package deliveries and will potentially further advance this technology.
This choice was made after the FAA gave the public permission to comment on BVLOS requests. It is anticipated that the data from these operations will benefit future initiatives related to policy and rulemaking.
The FAA is concentrating on creating the regulations and standards needed to make these BVLOS operations commonplace. This involves numerous committee debates and report analyses.
In the future, the FAA wants to be able to integrate these drones securely into the USA's National Airspace System, so there won't be a special drone-only airspace. This strategy complies with both the FFA's 2016 Security Act and their Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
Source: Post & Parcel
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