Significance and Use
This practice is intended for guidance and instruction of the aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems industries when addressing the requirements of Part 21.
1.1 In this practice, certification procedures are provided for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the Light UAS Class and in the Remotely Operated Aircraft (ROA) UAS Classes. Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the Mini UAS and Micro UAS Classes are not considered in this practice, since they do not undergo airworthiness certification.
1.2 Citations of Federal Aviation RegulationsWhen citing U.S. Federal Aviation Regulations in this practice, the citation references are based on the following Federal Aviation Regulation structure:
1.2.1 The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14 (14 CFR) comprises Aeronautics and Space Regulations. Chapter 1 of 14 CFR contains the regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration and is subdivided into subchapters and parts:
The Parts are further subdivided into Subparts and sections.
1.2.2 This practice uses Part 21 as a template. Within the text of the practice:
14 CFR Chapter 1 means the whole of Chapter 1 of 14 CFR; and
Subchapter C means all of the Parts of Subchapter C of 14 CFR.
1.2.3 In compact notation, citation of section 1309 of Part 23, for example, may be designated as "section 23.1309."
1.3 Unmanned Aircraft SystemsAn Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) comprises an unmanned air vehicle, the remote control ground station that provides for the mission management and piloting of the air vehicle, data-links for the exchange of control and sensor payload data and all related interfaces. Any part of the overall system that could affect the airworthiness and safety of the aircraft is subject to the requirements of Part 21.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.