FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee Issues Final Recommendations for UAS Detection and Mitigation

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ARC
Recommendations
on
Counter
UAS,
UAS
Detection
and
Mitigation
Systems

The
FAA
recently
received
the
final
recommendations
from
the
UAS
Detection
and
Mitigation
Systems
Aviation
Rulemaking
Committee
(ARC).
This
milestone
follows
the
directive
outlined
in
the
FAA
Reauthorization
Act
of
2018
to
address
the
safe
integration
of
Unmanned
Aircraft
Systems
(UAS)
into
the
National
Air
Space
(NAS).
The
ARC,
comprised
of
representatives
from
diverse
aviation
communities,
government
entities,
subject
matter
experts,
and
stakeholders,
began
work
in
May
2023
with
a
focus
on
ensuring
the
safety
and
efficiency
of
the
NAS
amid
the
increasing
presence
of
UAS.

Throughout
its
deliberations,
the
ARC
emphasized
key
themes
including
legal
considerations,
real-time
data
sharing,
communication
protocols,
research
needs,
and
maintaining
global
leadership
in
the
UAS
industry.
These
discussions
culminated
in
a
comprehensive
set
of
recommendations
aimed
at
guiding
the
FAA
and
relevant
federal
agencies
in
crafting
policies
and
standards
for
UAS
detection
and
mitigation
systems.

The
ARC’s
recommendations
underscore
several
crucial
points:

  • Policy
    decisions
    should
    be
    informed
    by
    a
    thorough
    understanding
    of
    the
    UAS
    industry,
    with
    separate
    consideration
    for
    detection
    and
    mitigation
    issues.Robust
    research
    and
    analysis
    are
    necessary
    to
    establish
    minimum
    performance
    standards,
    safety
    frameworks,
    best
    practices,
    and
    training
    programs
    for
    UAS
    detection
    and
    mitigation
    systems.
  • Testing
    protocols
    should
    be
    established,
    with
    third-party
    verification,
    for
    system
    testing
    and
    authorization.
  • An
    entity
    responsible
    for
    monitoring
    UAS
    detection
    and
    mitigation
    operations
    in
    airport
    terminal
    airspace
    should
    be
    established.
  • Clear
    approval
    processes
    should
    be
    developed
    for
    deployment
    at
    airports
    and
    non-airport
    facilities,
    with
    mandatory
    training
    and
    certification
    for
    system
    operators.
  • A
    scalable
    regulatory
    framework,
    with
    privacy
    protections,
    should
    be
    implemented
    to
    govern
    operational
    requirements
    and
    data
    sharing.

Read
the
full
ARC
recommendations

document
here
.

The
ARC’s
recommendations
aim
to
facilitate
the
safe
and
widespread
adoption
of
UAS
detection
and
mitigation
systems
while
ensuring
minimal
interference
with
NAS
operations.
Notably,
the
recommendations
emphasize
the
need
for
ongoing
evaluation
and
adaptation
as
UAS
technology
continues
to
evolve.

Chairs
of
the
ARC
emphasized
the
critical
importance
of
regulating
UAS
detection
and
mitigation
systems,
particularly
in
light
of
evolving
UAS
applications,
both
civilian
and
military.
The
recommendations
reflect
months
of
collaborative
effort
among
diverse
stakeholders,
encompassing
various
use-case
scenarios
and
addressing
societal
interests.

“Airports
are
chiefly
concerned
with
ensuring
the
safety
and
security
of
the
traveling
public,
airport
workers,
and
airport
infrastructure,”
said

ACI-NA

Executive
Vice
President
Matt
Cornelius,
co-chair
of
the
ARC.
“We
thank
all
the
experts
who
contributed
their
time
and
efforts
to
this
important
initiative
to
develop
a
roadmap
for
providing
the
aviation
community
and
others
with
the
tools
needed
to
protect
critical
infrastructure
like
airports.
We
look
forward
to
continuing
our
work
with
the
FAA
and
other
relevant
federal
agencies
in
implementing
the
recommendations
contain
in
this
report.”

“The
U.S.
is
positioned
for
global
leadership
in
demonstrating
how
effective
UAS
detection
and
mitigation
policies
and
technologies
can
ensure
airspace
safety
and
security,
while
enabling
UAS
market
growth,”
said
Michael
Robbins,
Chief
Advocacy
Officer
at

AUVSI

and
co-chair
of
the
ARC.
“We
thank
the
public
safety
community
and
other
stakeholders
reflecting
a
diverse
range
of
perspectives
for
their
participation
on
the
Committee,
and
this
report
reflects
their
input.
We
call
on
the
FAA
to
move
swifty
to
implement
the
ARC
plan
to
bring
forward
the
benefits
that
detection
and
mitigation
tools
can
provide
to
public
safety,
critical
infrastructure
owners
and
operators,
and
other
entities,
while
also
enabling
expanded
safe
and
secure
drone
operations.”

The
ARC’s
work
signifies
a
significant
step
towards
effective
regulation
of
UAS
detection
and
mitigation,
with
the
potential
to
serve
as
a
model
for
other
countries
grappling
with
similar
challenges.
The
FAA
will
now
evaluate
the
recommendations
to
inform
future
regulatory
measures,
balancing
innovation
and
safety
in
the
rapidly
evolving
landscape
of
unmanned
aviation.



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