Section 383 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 mandated the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ensure that technologies or systems that are developed, tested, or deployed by authorized federal departments and agencies to detect and mitigate potential risks posed by errant or hostile unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or drone operations do not adversely impact or interfere with the safe and efficient operation of the National Airspace System (NAS). In addition, Section 383 requires the FAA to develop a plan for the certification, permitting, authorizing, or allowing of UAS detection and mitigation systems in the NAS, and to convene an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to make recommendations for such a plan.
Consistent with Section 383, the FAA is launching an effort to test and evaluate technologies and systems that could detect and mitigate potential safety risks posed by unmanned aircraft at and near airports. On March 2, 2021, the FAA selected the following airports to participate in the testing program:
- Atlantic City International Airport, Atlantic City, New Jersey
- Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Syracuse, New York
- Rickenbacker International Airport, Columbus, Ohio
- Huntsville International Airport, Huntsville, Alabama
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seattle, Washington
The research will lead to the implementation of new technologies that will make airports safer for passengers and traditional, crewed aircraft. Researchers plan to test and evaluate at least 10 technologies or systems at these airports. Testing will begin later this year and continue through 2023. The results from this testing and evaluation effort will inform other components of Section 383, including the ARC and the plan for certifying, permitting, or authorizing UAS detection and mitigation technologies at airports around the country.
Section 383 UAS Airport Detection and Mitigation Program Privacy Notice – Atlantic City International Airport, Atlantic City NJ:
The FAA is conducting Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations within a 5 mile radius of the Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) between March 22, 2021 and June 30, 2021 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. These UAS operations will not be utilizing collection devices, including cameras, during these flights. The operation of a UAS in this area is highly discouraged. For more information/questions, please contact the program at: UASAirportResearch@faa.gov.