Special Airworthiness Certificate

May 5, 2014 - 7:17am
FAA first UAS test site certificate of authorization

The FAA aims to delegate authority to the six national unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test ranges it has chosen to issue their own experimental airworthiness certificates to manufacturers to test fly aircraft. The North Dakota test range, which planned to begin operations this week as the first range to receive an FAA certificate of authorization (COA), expects to eventually have two designated airworthiness representatives.

July 28, 2013 - 11:26am
AeroVironment Puma AE

The Federal Aviation Administration issued type certificates in the restricted category to the Boeing Insitu ScanEagle X200 and AeroVironment Puma AE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on July 19, for the first time permitting operators to use the aircraft for commercial purposes.

October 4, 2011 - 12:50am
AeroVironment’s Puma sUAS

The expected release in December of a proposed rule governing the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in the U.S. national airspace system (NAS) will be a definitive step in the phased introduction of robotic aircraft in civilian airspace.

August 29, 2011 - 7:20am
Momentum is gathering for unmanned aircraft to operate in U.S. civil airspace

Air transport industry groups accept the inevitability of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying in civil airspace. At the largest event of the unmanned systems industry earlier this month, speakers representing airline pilots and FAA air traffic controllers delivered a go-safely message to UAS proponents eager to gain access to the national airspace system to build the industry.

August 23, 2011 - 11:15am

General aviation industry representatives accept the inevitability of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying in civil airspace, though they urge a go-safely approach to introducing robotic aircraft. “[AOPA is]  certainly an advocate of new aircraft entering the airspace system. It’s a matter of doing that safely.

August 22, 2011 - 5:55am

The briefing requests started three weeks out: “[company executive] available to discuss new products at our exhibit. Can we arrange a meeting?” In advance of the Unmanned Systems North America conference last week, I received nearly 40 such invitations, still only a fraction of the reported 510 exhibitors at the four-day event held in Washington, D.C.’s cavernous downtown convention center.

November 24, 2009 - 7:46am

The FAA will award completions center Gore Design Completions an organization designation authorization (ODA) before year-end. This designation permits Gore, with FAA oversight, to issue FAA certification approvals at its San Antonio facility.

October 21, 2009 - 10:44am

The FAA has announced its intent to award Gore Design Completions (GDC, Booth No. 2944) an Organization Designation Authorization approval in the fourth quarter 2009. The ODA designation will allow GDC, with FAA oversight, to issue special airworthiness certificates, standard airworthiness certificates and supplemental type certificates, approving all modifications made to an aircraft while at the company’s San Antonio facilities.

 
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