The 5 year bill includes various provisions for the commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry.
The bill was well received by numerous industry organizations including the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI) and the Commercial Drone Alliance (CDA).
The House bill will help to provide much needed stability for U.S. aviation by safely integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into national airspace. It will also help launch the UAS industry to new heights by expanding the commercialization of UAS technology.
The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 also addresses concerns of national security by granting the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice the power to intervene when there is a perceived threat of malicious UAS operations. However, some have voiced concerns regarding the lack of finite details involved in a credible threat intervention.
This is the first 5 year FAA reauthorization to occur since 1982.