How The FAA Reauthorization Accelerates Drone Integration

By Joel Roberson and Jennifer Nowak (November 19, 2018, 2:20 PM EST) -- On Oct. 5, 2018, President Donald Trump signed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018, or FAARA, into law, which reauthorizes the FAA through Sept. 30, 2023. This is the first long-term FAA reauthorization enacted since 2012.

The new reauthorization bill takes significant steps forward in the continuing integration of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, into the U.S. national airspace. Implementation of FAARA requires the FAA to take numerous regulatory actions that will reshape the use of drones by governmental, commercial, hobbyist and recreational operators in the United States. Specifically, the bill does the following.

Section 348: Authorizing Drone Deliveries...

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