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DEC 2018 - JAN 2019

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December 2018/January 2019  unmanned systems inside 13 THE WINNERS: See previous section, plus the "one top 10 passenger boarding airport" that had their Congressional delegation insert that specific language (my bet is Miami…). THE LOSERS: See previous section and possibly add state, local and tribal governments. SEC. 44808. CARRIAGE OF PROPERTY BY SUAS FOR COMPENSATION OR HIRE. FAA has one year to authorize carriage of property by operators of commercial sUAS. THE ISSUES: Dude, we're getting drone package delivery! This was a hard-fought rule for the commercial drone lobby. They got what they wanted here—the FA A has a year to consult with the proper people, make a com- prehensive plan and APPROVE drone cargo carriage. One year. Wow. THE WINNE RS: The commercial drone lobby, specifically Amazon and Walmart. People (like me) who want their packages in less than an hour. THE LOSERS: The poor folks at the FAA who have a year to make this happen. SEC. 44809. EXCEPTION FOR LIM- ITED RECREATIONAL OPERATIONS OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT. UAS hobbyists must register their drones and the FAA can mandate equipage for safety/NAS integration, remote ID and procedures on avoiding risks to aviation safety or critical infrastructure. Hobbyists can fly UAS in Class B, C, D or E airspace from FAA-approved fixed sites. THE ISSUES: This is a big one for C-UAS and the commercial drone lobby. Drone scofflaws had been using rules intended to protect model aircraft enthusiasts from FAA over-regulation to avoid registering their drones or getting required train- ing. The American Modeler's Association (AMA), supported by some consumer drone manufacturers, fought this law but lost out to a united front of federal drone regulators (FAA, DHS, DOJ, DOD) and the commercial drone lobby. This section gets drone hobby use back to the way the FAA has traditionally treated model air- craft flown by legitimate model aircraft organizations. It makes it clear the FAA can mandate registration, remote ID and markings but throws a bone to the AMA by allowing hobbyist flight at FAA- approved sites, even if they're in Class B, C, D or E airspace. THE WINNERS: FA A, DHS, DOJ, DOS and the commercial drone lobby. THE LOSERS: The AMA and a few consumer drone manufacturers who fought this section under the table be- cause it might impact drone sales. SEC. 351. UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS INTEGRATION PILOT PROGRAM (IPP). The IPP now has its own law and three years to complete its mission. THE ISSUES: The IPP was always a White House program without the force of law. This makes the IPP a law, but puts a limit on how long the IPP has to work a long list of tasks (BLOS, operations over people, state/local/tribal roles in drone regulation, zoning impacts, etc.) THE WINNERS: The IPP states and FAA (the IPP now has a limited life span and won't interfere with rule making indefinitely.) THE LOSERS: People who saw IPP as extending the rule making process by drawing resources from the FAA. SEC. 352. PART 107 TRANSPARENCY AND TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENTS. FA A has 30 days to publish a sample of the safety justifications for approved INTELLIGENCE NAVIGATION CONTROL

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