FAA seeking public input on drone operations


US citizens have the opportunity to give their views on beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone operations as the FAA seeks public input.

Those wishing to take part in the discussion have until June 14, the 20-day window for comment opened on May 25. Approvals will expand BVLOS operations for a number of firms including Zipline and Phoenix Air Unmanned.

A statement from the FAA read: “The FAA is seeking public input on four requests to conduct beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) drone operations at or below 400ft. If granted, Phoenix Air Unmanned, uAvionix, Zipline, and UPS Flight Forward will continue to expand the envelope of FAA-approved BVLOS drone operations. Data collected from these operations will inform the FAA’s ongoing policy and rule making activities.”

The FAA said it anticipates making a decision this summer.