New Senate bill aims to boost FAA BVLOS drone flight approvals
A new bipartisan bill has been introduced in the US Senate with the principal objective of streamlining, speeding, and broadening the process under which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorizes beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone flights by businesses and public agencies.
On its face, the “Increasing Competitiveness for American Drones Act of 2023” draft law introduced by Democrat Senator Mark Warner of Virginia and his GOP partner John Thune of South Dakota aims to limber up FAA treatment of BVLOS applications – and widen their approval – to keep pace with the rapidly changing realities of drone operations.
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In a nutshell, the bill seeks to eliminate the rigors and formidable hurdles of that process at a time when requests for BVLOS flights are not only rising, but will have to become standard operating procedure if commercial…