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FAA Orders Increased Surveillance of UAS Operations

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The FAA has ordered increased surveillance of drone operations in areas where reports of risky or noncompliant drone operations are high. Some sights identified for increased surveillance include communities near airports, areas with wildfire activity, and areas with ongoing emergency response efforts.

These surveillance activities will be triggered when any of the following scenarios are met:

  • Where 5 or more UAS investigations occur within Class B, C, or D airspace, or 10 or more total investigations occur in any airspace
  • When 10 or more sightings occur at an airport or there is a significant increase in the number of UAS sightings, as notified by AFG leadership
  • When supporting enforcement actions against any UAS operations that interfere with wildfire, law enforcement, or emergency response

Intensified surveillance could result in increased ramp checks and enforcement actions against drone pilots who don't follow the FAA's guidelines for operating a drone. Learn more about the FAA's decision to increase surveillance of drone operators in today's post: FAA Orders Increased Surveillance of UAS Operations in Areas Where Drone Incidents are High

Share your thoughts on the increased surveillance activity and a possible increase in enforcement actions in the comments below. 

 

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