Will the GAO drone report influence the FAA?
On January 26, 2023, the GAO released the report: “FAA Should Improve Its Approach to Integrating Drones into the National Airspace System” (GAO-23-105189)
After years of pushing, the GAO report recommendations to the FAA weren’t a surprise:
Comprehensive drone integration strategy
Clearly communicate the requirements and process for obtaining operational approvals
Develop and document formal lessons-learned process
Implement the lessons-learned
Here are some of the dates scattered in the document:
UAS strategy/roadmap – 1Q23
UTM Implementation plan – Spring 2023
Guidance on waiver criteria and process – August 2023
FAA competency gap assessment for Mission Critical Occupations – FY2023 & 2024
BVLOS NPRM – early 2024
Figure 3 shows that the FAA collects lots of data but doesn’t do much with it.
I’m glad that we (Anzen Unmanned) have learned and applied many lessons in our customers’ approved waivers for BVLOS (with VO and DAA sensors), operations over people/moving vehicles, airspace, altitude, and soon BVLOS m:N.