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Develop Risk-Based Training and Standards for Waiver Review and Issuance

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Under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, Congress tasked the FAA with integrating UAS into the National Airspace System. To comply with the Congressional mandate, the FAA established an sUAS rule, allowing sUAS to operate in the NAS. With the passage of 14 CFR part 107 came the capability of operators to waive specific provisions for increased operational flexibility. The FAA must closely review all waiver requests and evaluate each safety case to ensure that the safety of the NAS is not compromised by the proposed UAS flight operation. This presents challenges, as the FAA’s standard risk assessment practices do not directly translate to UAS operations. For the FAA to process part 107 waiver requests effectively while maintaining safety in the NAS, a new scalable compliance framework for mapping risk in UAS operations is required.

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Dr. Tom Haritos
Associate Director, Research | Applied Aviation Research Center
UAS Research Program Manager | Kansas State University Polytechnic