The FAA has been working for several months to
implement the provisions of Section 333 of the
FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 and
move forward with UAS integration before
proposing a small UAS rule. Companies from three
industries besides film production have
approached the FAA and are also considering
filing exemption requests.
These industries include precision
agriculture, power line and pipeline inspection,
and oil and gas flare stack inspection.
The firms are asking the agency to grant
exemptions from regulations that address general
flight rules, pilot certificate requirements,
manuals, maintenance and equipment mandates.
They are also asking for relief from
airworthiness certification requirements as
allowed under Section 333. Under that section of
the law, certain airworthiness requirements can
be waived to let specific UAS fly safely in
narrowly-defined, controlled, low-risk
To receive the exemptions, the firms must show
that their UAS operations will not adversely
affect safety, or provide at least an equal
level of safety to the rules from which they
seek the exemption.
They would also need to show why granting
the exemption would be in the public interest.