Micro-Drone Legislation Moves Out Of Committee
” Congressman Bill Shuster’s (R-Hollidaysburg) 2016 FAA Reauthorization Act (H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act) passed through the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday. The AIRR Act will now be considered by the full House of Representatives.
The AIRR Act would privatize the Air Traffic Control operations of the FAA, among other measures. The integration of drones into the national airspace is another priority of the act.
Another proposal would strike the liability insurance requirement from risk-based permitting of drones; but the big win for the commercial drone industry is the inclusion of Illinois Representative Davis’ amendment proposing a “micro drone” classification. The micro drone classification could allow an easier process for any commercial applications utilizing a small drone.