On February 28, 2019 the FAA issued National Policy N 8900.504 written for the Flight Standards Service Office of General Aviation Safety Assurance (AFG) and its personnel that conduct surveillance of UAS operations and Safety Analysis. The Flight Standards District Offices (FSDO) will begin adding more required surveillance activities to their work programs in FY2019.

The FDSOs will conduct at least one drone site visit where there were five or more UAS investigations that occurred in Class B, C, or D airspace. It also includes investigating where there were 10 or more investigations within any other airspace. The FAA also wants to look at more instances where a UAS operation interfered with law enforcement, emergency response or wildfires.

The FDSO will report their observations to include Part 107, public aircraft operations, civil operations, hobby/Part 107. They will take the airman’s name, related certificates, waivers, and exemptions help as well as if there was any action taken at the time of surveillance.

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