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S. 307: Increasing Competitiveness for American Drones Act of 2023

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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Apr 20, 2023.

Increasing Competitiveness for American Drones Act of 2023

This bill establishes and extends certain rules related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and operations.

Specifically, the bill requires the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish a regulatory pathway for certification or approval of UAS to enable commercial beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations, including a risk assessment methodology.

Additionally, the bill establishes the Office of Associate Administrator of UAS Integration within the FAA. It also establishes the UAS Certification Unit to develop and implement the UAS certification or approval processes for BVLOS operations.

Further, the bill extends the special authority for the Department of Transportation to determine if certain UAS may operate safely in the national airspace system.