ASTM Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems Committee to Collaborate with Federal Aviation Administration

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., June 29, 2010—As part of its ongoing work supporting the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a Special Federal Aviation Regulation for small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems is currently working on a proposed registration and marking standard.

ASTM WK27055, Specification for the Registration and Marking of Unmanned Aircraft System, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F38.01 on Airworthiness. The proposed new standard sets up the proper paperwork necessary to assure the FAA that the sUAS has the documentation necessary and submitted to allow the FAA to give the operator a permit. The sUAS operator will then get the necessary documents from the FAA.

“ASTM WK27055, especially once it is recognized for use with the sUAS regulation by FAA, establishes the list of requirements, so it is one of the initial documents the builder or operator will need to ensure they have the proper information to get the permit to operate,” says Rocky Gmeiner, Raytheon Co., and F38.01 chairman. “Other standards will be developed for the required documents listed in WK27055.”

Gmeiner invites all interested parties to participate in the development of ASTM WK27055 and other F38.01 standards. “We could use any UAS industry operational or academic help,” says Gmeiner. “The deadlines are tight to meet the FAA timeline for the SFAR, so early involvement is critical. This is a real opportunity to help develop the standards for initial flights of sUAS in the United States.”

F38 welcomes the input of any interested and affective parties to assist in the development of these important standards that will assist UAS integration into the NAS. The committee encourages individuals to engage the process early on, as the standards are being aggressively developed. The drafts are continuously being exposed to the consensus process to gather industry feedback in a timely fashion, so as to develop the most technically sound documents by the time the SFAR is published in 2012.

ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.