Waiver Trend Analysis

We have evaluated UAS operational data from part 107 waivers to identify trends and characterize the sufficiency of information provided in those waivers which resulted in approvals, and the insufficiency of information provided in those waivers that did not receive approval. In short, many waiver applications are brief—two sentences or less—and do not provide the FAA with adequate information to effectively assess the risk of the desired operation.

To help applicants understand the attributes of waivers with viable safety cases, we are sharing lessons learned from past approvals and denials. See the results of our analysis of waiver applications for Beyond Visual Line of Sight and Operations Over People in the links below.

Last updated: Thursday, July 14, 2022