Skyward Blog: Inspection and Maintenance is Key to Drone Safety

The recent sUAS NPRM from the FAA along with the proposed updates for current Section 333 exemption holders, will likely result in a surge in commercial sUAS. As for the UAS themselves, the NPRM or section 333 exemptions do not propose any requirements for airworthiness or for inspections by a certificated repairman. As a manned and unmanned aviation maintenance professional, I was initially taken aback by this. However, the commercial marketplace (including drone insurance policies) will likely set standards that are more stringent than any regulations would set forth – as we’ve seen in manned aviation.

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