- LOA A130, Authorization to Operate an Unmanned Aircraft System Equipped with an Aerial Ignition System Under 14 CFR Part 137
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- Office of Primary Responsibility
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- Order purpose statement
This notice provides guidance to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards (FS) Safety Assurance offices to evaluate an applicant for a Letter of Authorization (LOA) A130 because the operator proposes to use an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) equipped with a dangerous weapon1 under Section 363 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 20182 (Section 363) for agricultural aircraft operations and therefore requires the Administrator’s authorization. The FAA has determined that an aerial ignition system qualifies as a dangerous weapon under Section 363. Therefore, this notice focuses on the application process to receive authorization for the carriage of an aerial ignition system on a UAS. This notice also addresses initial Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 137 certification, adding a UAS equipped with an aerial ignition system to an existing part 137 certificate, and conducting part 137 pilot in command (PIC) knowledge and skill tests using a UAS equipped with an aerial ignition system. Additionally, this notice introduces new part 137 LOA A130 to be issued via the Web-based Operations Safety System (WebOPSS).
- N 8900.656 (PDF)
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