FAA Approved 333 Exemption / Certificates of Waiver or Authorization

By law, any aircraft operation in the national airspace requires a certificated and registered aircraft, a licensed pilot, and operational approval. Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA) (PDF) grants the Secretary of Transportation the authority to determine whether an airworthiness certificate is required for a UAS to operate safely in the National Airspace System (NAS).

This authority is being leveraged to grant case-by-case authorization for certain unmanned aircraft to perform commercial operations prior to the finalization of the Small UAS Rule, which will be the primary method for authorizing small UAS operations once it is complete.

The Section 333 Exemption process provides operators who wish to pursue safe and legal entry into the NAS a competitive advantage in the UAS marketplace, thus discouraging illegal operations and improving safety. It is anticipated that this activity will result in significant economic benefits, and the FAA Administrator has identified this as a high priority project to address demand for civil operation of UAS for commercial purposes.

Aviation Unmanned was issued a 333 Exemption (FAA-2014-0781) on April 3, 2015.

Aviation Unmanned was issued a below 200’ COA for anywhere in the US to accompany the 333 Exemption. We also have a training COA on privately owned land to accomplish customer training and demonstrations. Aviation Unmanned has all FAA certificated pilot operators that have significant UAS experience.


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