The Federal Aviation Administration is looking at ways to grant approvals for limited applications before then, according to Jim Williams, chief of the agency’s unmanned aircraft division, speaking at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International conference in Orlando in May.The FAA was expected to propose a rule allowing commercial drones weighing less than 55 pounds (25 kilograms) by November, according to a schedule of rule making efforts. That deadline was missed like so many others. (And they missed that one, too).
The FAA is still evaluating how it would grant swifter approvals for small “drones” in situations that wouldn’t cause safety concerns, according to Williams prepared remarks. In the following months the FAA began authorizing a small number of UAV operations in specific and limited situations such as movie production and in Alaska oil fields.