1. Purpose of This Notice. This notice provides guidance regarding exclusion from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Order
8900.1, Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS), Volume 8, Chapter 5, General Airworthiness and Avionics Technical Functions. This
exclusion concerns inspection and maintenance program requirements for airworthiness certification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) with an operating weight of
less than 55 pounds. This notice supports a deviation issued by the Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) to Memorandum Number AIR 100-15-110-DM44 and the
current edition of FAA Order
8130.34, Airworthiness Certification of
Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Optionally Piloted Aircraft.
2. Audience. The primary audience for this notice is Flight Standards Service (AFS) personnel who participate in airworthiness
certification of UAS with an operating weight of less than 55 pounds. The secondary audience may include other FAA management, operational, and
administrative employees, as appropriate.
4. Distribution. This notice will be distributed to AFS divisions located at FAA headquarters (HQ) in Washington, DC; regional
AFS offices at the branch level; and all certificate‑holding district offices (CHDO).
5. Background. Unmanned aircraft (UA) are inherently different from manned aircraft and introducing them into the nation’s
airspace is an opportunity and a challenge for both the FAA and the aviation community. FAA rules and policies must provide the flexibility to accommodate this
integration while also ensuring the safety of the National Airspace System (NAS). To accomplish this task, the FAA is taking an incremental approach to safe
integration as it acquires a better understanding of operational issues such as training requirements, operational specifications, airworthiness, and technology.
As we integrate UA into the NAS, we are developing new policies, procedures, and approval processes to deal with increasing civilian operations.
6. Action. AIR and AFS personnel who support the airworthiness certification of a UAS with an operating weight of less than 55
pounds must confirm the following:
a. Written, Self-Certifying Statement. Applicants must provide the FAA with a written, self‑certifying statement that they
have an established inspection and maintenance program for the continued airworthiness of the aircraft.
b. Operating Limitations Contents. Per deviation memorandum AIR 100-15-110‑DM44 issued March 4, 2015, the
inspection and maintenance requirements listed in appendix A of Order
8130.34 are not required to be listed in the
operating limitations for UA operated at less than 55 pounds.
7. Deviations to This Notice. It is necessary to adhere to procedures in this notice to achieve uniform administration of
this directive material. The Aircraft Maintenance Division (AFS‑300) must approve any deviations to this notice.
8. Suggestions or Comments. AFS-300 welcomes and considers all of your suggestions or comments regarding this notice. For your
convenience, use FAA Form 1320-19, Directive Feedback Information, which is located at
https://employees.faa.gov/tools_resources/forms/. Please use the
“Other comments” block on FAA Form 1320-19 to provide a complete explanation of why the suggested change is necessary. You may correct a
copy of the pertinent information as necessary, or provide a handwritten note for consideration. Send your suggestions or comments to
9-AWA-AVS-Designee-Directives@faa.gov, where they will be reviewed and sent to the respective policy
9. Disposition. This notice will be cancelled upon publication of Order 8130.34D and the concurrent revision to
Volume 8, Chapter 5, Section 13, Support for Issuing
an Airworthiness Certificate for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Direct questions concerning the information in this notice to AFS-300 at 202‑267‑1675.
ORIGINAL SIGNED by
/s/ John Barbagallo
Deputy Director, Flight Standards Service