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ANSI Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Released for Comment

Working Draft Released Following Initial Review at September 20 Meeting in Washington, DC

09/27/2018

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released today for public review and comment a working draft of the Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Version 1.0) being developed by the Institute’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC). The release follows discussion of a preliminary draft at the UASSC plenary meeting held September 20 in Washington, DC. A report of that meeting is available here.

This request specifically invites comments that represent critical revisions and/or needed clarifications on what is presented in the document. While all comments are welcome, the UASSC reserves the right to hold disposition of comments in reserve for a future iteration of the document if they cannot be addressed within the time available. This might include, for example, comments on the document’s organization, or issues not addressed. Comments on the draft roadmap may be submitted to uassc@ansi.org by close of business on October 29, 2018. Use of the comment form (see below) is required to better manage and collate comments. The UASSC working groups will reconvene thereafter to address the comments and finalize the document for publication.

The draft roadmap and related materials may be downloaded as follows:

- Working Draft Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Version 1.0). Note: the draft includes in-text tracked changes and margin comments resulting from the recent meeting.

- Comment form. For the Roadmap and Comment Form, you may be prompted for credentials; just hit “Cancel” more than once.

- Instructions for Using Comment Form

The draft roadmap identifies published and in-development standards for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, also referred to as drones), defines where gaps exist, and recommends additional standardization activity to address the gaps. Issues are addressed across the following areas: airworthiness; flight operations; personnel training, qualifications, and certification; operations for critical infrastructure inspections and commercial services; and public safety operations. Each identified gap – where an existing standard does not address the issue in question – includes a priority level for producing a standard and identifies organizations that can perform the work. The roadmap also includes brief introductions to the UAS activities of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), other U.S. federal government agencies, standards developing organizations (SDOs), and industry.

The roadmap is intended to clarify the current standardization landscape, minimize duplication of effort among SDOs, help inform standards participation decision-making, and ultimately facilitate the growth of the UAS market. The UASSC itself is not developing standards.

“The UASSC has made tremendous progress over the past year to articulate the standards needed to support the civil, commercial, and public safety market for drones,” said ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia. “We welcome the comments of the broader community to help inform the final roadmap.”

ANSI’s facilitation of the UASSC is supported in part by contributions from the FAA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate, the ASTM International/National Fire Protection Association Joint Working Group, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), and others.

For more information, visit www.ansi.org/uassc.

About ANSI
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and the American quality of life by promoting, facilitating, and safeguarding the integrity of the voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. Its membership is made up of businesses, professional societies and trade associations, standards developers, government agencies, and consumer and labor organizations. ANSI represents and serves the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide.

The Institute is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). For more information, visit www.ansi.org.

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