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					   sUAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee
System Certification Working Group
              Meeting #1
            Andrew Roberts
             June 26, 2008
BAERI Support – Mark Sittloh
  Drinks, food and lunch
  Will take minutes for the CWG
NASA ASP Support – Randy Albertson
  Venue arrangements
  BAERI Support

•   0830 Opening Remarks and Introductions – Andrew Roberts
•   0845 Discuss ARC and CWG scope – Andrew Roberts
•   0900 FAA discussion – Rich Posey
•   0930 Resources and current external standards
•        ASTM – Dan Schulz
•        RTCA – Bryan Hudson
•   1015 Break
•   1030 NASA/DOD Example Airworthiness Process
•        LARC/WFF - Mike Logan / Jeff Bland
•        DFRC – Brad Flick / Mike Marston
•        Navy/USMC sUAS Cert effort – Steve Cook
•   1140 CWG Structure and Schedules/Telecoms and assignments– All
•   1200 Lunch (working lunch - CS will need to account for on Travel)
• 1300 Establish Subcommittee’s
• 1315 Breakout Sessions for (establish leadership, meeting/telecom
  schedules, assignments)
    - Working Group Coordinating Committee
    - Initial Airworthiness and Vehicle Certification Subcommittee
    - Continued Certification and Airworthiness Subcommittee
    - sUAS Registration Subcommittee
• 1430 Reports from Breakouts (15 minutes)
    - Working Group Coordinating Committee
    - Initial Airworthiness and Vehicle Certification Subcommittee
    - Continued Certification and Airworthiness Subcommittee
    - sUAS Registration Subcommittee
• 1530 Break
• 1545 Review Tasks
• 1600 - 1630 End
Introduction of Working
    Group Members
                 Advisory Circular 91-57 (June 9, 1981)
                  Model Aircraft Operating Standards
      Intended only for
        recreation and                • Covers “model” aircraft
           hobbyist                      – Intended only for recreation or
                                      • No enforcement - no
                                        regulatory basis
Effective in conjunction with
     Academy of Model
                                      • “Encourages voluntary
  Aeronautics Safety Code               compliance”
                                         – ≤ 400 feet
                                         – Advise ATC if within 3 miles of
                                         – “Full scale” aircraft have right-
                                      • Does not limit weight and
                                      • Misapplied to small UAS
               Interim Operational Approval Guidance 08-01
             - UAS Operations in the NAS – March 13, 2008
    • Identifies alternate methods of compliance
      with the applicable regulations of 14 CFR
      parts 61 and 91when evaluating proposed
      UAS operations
    • Applies to civil (special airworthiness
       certificate) and public operators (COA)
    • Concern is safe UAS operations among
       all users of the NAS
       – Non-cooperative aircraft and other airborne operations not reliably
         identifiable by radar (i.e., balloons, gliders, parachutists, etc)
    • Applicants must make a safety case for alternate means of
      compliance to be considered
       – Sufficient data
       – Safety study must include a hazard analysis, risk assessment, and other
         appropriate documentation that support an “extremely improbable”

              ARC Formation Process
                                            ARCs are chartered by the
         Project is approved                administrator, managed by
           by Rulemaking                    the office of primary
            Management                      responsibility (SBS) and
               Council                      tasked by the FAA
                        FAA forms
                         the ARC

                                         ARC provides
                                    recommendation to the FAA

 ARC charters generally                               FAA takes
 expire 2 years after their                           appropriate
 formation, they can be re-                             actions
 chartered if necessary
              NPRM Development
               • Industry
               • Stakeholders
              May ‘08

Preliminary                               FAA     FAA
  System                                                NPRM
Description                             Project   OST
                                         Team     OMB
              June ‘08
              • FAA
              • Gov’t Personal

• ARC Charter/Mission/General Goals/ARC Specifics
  Presented by Mr. Doug Davis

   – Committee is starting a baseline that doesn’t exist in this country.

   – Suggested a goal of the ARC to provide a formal recommendation
     within nine months. He recognized that this is a very aggressive

   – Requested that the ARC members understand the sensibility of issues
     being discussed. Information should remain within the ARC.

   – The ARC is tasked to address those operations within visual line of
     sight, VFR conditions, during daylight hours.
           ARC Objectives
• Propose regulatory language that allows
  for the maximum safe operations
  supported by the current technologies,
  while harmonizing with current manned

• Provide consensus recommendations to
  the FAA on best way to proceed with UAS
  rulemaking activities.
                ARC Schedule
•   1st Meeting – May 27-29
•   2nd Meeting – July 9-10
•   3rd Meeting – Aug 26-28
•   4th Meeting – Oct 14-16 (1st Draft Due)

Committee discussed notional times for actions/due dates
   a. Work to be done by October 1st, 2008
   b. Final Document due by December 15th, 2008
   c. Final Meeting by January 20-22nd, 2009
   d. SFAR due date: February 28th, 2009
         ARC Working Groups
•   Flight Crew            Paul McDuffee
•   System Certification   Andrew Roberts
•   Operations             Andrew Latcher
•   Spectrum               Fred Marks
•   Model                  Richard Hanson
•   SFAR Support           Doug Marshall
          Systems Certification Working
              Group (CWG) Scope
• The small UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) has established
  limiting our process to vehicles that are only operated
   –   in visual line-of-sight
   –   daylight only
   –   no more than 400 feet in class C, D and E airspace.
   –   no higher than 1200 feet in class G airspace.
   –   These limits may be reduced further as we develop the rules and run the safety
• The scope of this working group encompasses the development of
  regulations pertaining to the small UAS’s in the following areas.
   – Initial Certification and Airworthiness
   – Continued Certification and Airworthiness
   – Registration
• For each of these areas we will have two or three types of class of UAS to
  develop regulations for. These classes will be for simpler systems, medium
  systems and complex systems, the ARC will need to establish the
  parameters and values that will apply to separate these two or three
            System Certification WG
                            CWG – Coord. Committee
                             Chair – Andrew Roberts
                             Co-Chair – Frank Jones
                             Secretary – Mark Sittloh
                            FAA Rep – Richard Posey
                        Rulemaking Coord – Doug Marshall

Initial Certification & Airworthiness   Continued Certification & Airworthiness
                 Chair                                   Chair
                Co-Chair                               Co-Chair
        ARC Rep – Dan Schulz                    ARC Rep – Fred Marks

                             ARC Rep – Doug Marshall
        CWG Ground Rules
• Those not participating will be removed
• Will not be very willing to add new
  members to the CWG
  – You can have folks support you but they will
    not be invited to our CWG meetings
  – Subgroup leads will run their own subgroup
                   Work Assignment
• Break into three subgroups (ASTM folks split into the three groups)
    – Initial Certification and Airworthiness
    – Continuing Certification and Airworthiness
    – Registration

• Work assignment
    – To Report at 1430
        •   Leadership – Chair, Co-Chair, Other positions if any
        •   Meeting Schedule
        •   Telecon Schedule
        •   How the subgroup plans to build the regulation Outline
    – To have ready at our next meeting – August 7, 2008
        • Regulation Outline – Titles and subsection Titles (first group to complete can
          select venue for follow-on meeting - $5K max)
    – 1st draft ready at our following meeting – Sept 18-19, 2008
    – Follow-on work will be TBD based on ARC review

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