The legislation to reauthorize funding for the Federal Aviation Administration currently before the Senate provides common-sense measures to help speed the safe integration of drones into our national airspace. House and Senate committee leaders agreed to the bi-partisan bill, which won passage overwhelmingly in the House.
The bill prioritizes the Unmanned Aircraft Traffic Management (UTM) system. In a first, it singles out flight beyond visual line of sight, over people, and at night for their “tremendous potential…to spur economic growth” and makes it Congressional policy that these operations be a top priority for FAA rulemaking.
The bill calls for the Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with the industry, to develop operational concepts for the integration of unmanned aircraft in the national airspace.
Our op-ed article has specifics: https://dronelife.com/2018/10/01/manufacturers-viewpoint-faa-reauthorization-provides-common-sense-measure/