The FAA requires that any aircraft operated in national airspace to be a certified and registered aircraft. Specifically, Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 provides the Secretary of Transportation with authority to determine if an airworthiness certificate is required for a UAS to operate in the National Airspace Systems (NAS). Unless you are flying for a hobby or recreational purposes, the main requirements needs to operate a UAS for commercial purposes are as follows:
• A Section 333 grant of exemption
• A Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA)
• An aircraft registered with the FAA, and
• A pilot with an FAA airman certificate
An FAA grant or denial of an exemption is based on the specifics of each request. Our firm handles Section 333 petitions throughout the United States as well as providing post-exemption compliance and registration services. Please contact our office for further information.