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April 30, 2020
NAAA Makes Important Contributions to ANSI UAV Roadmap Version 2.0

The American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC) released its draft Standardization Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Version 2.0) that outlines the future of voluntary industry standards in the UAV industry.


In this newest roadmap, NAAA ensured more accurate and precise technical language was used to describe aerial application operations and technology. NAAA also ensured a study conducted by the Colorado AAA on the difficulty associated with manned aviators seeing UAVs was included, as well as an additional study from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) that looks at pesticide drift when applied by a UAV.


The new roadmap also covers NAAA’s work bringing UAV potential drift hazards to the attention of the EPA, stating, in part:

“Currently, USDA’s AgDRIFT model is the regulatory and industry standard for calculating drift risk for ag aircraft, ground sprayers, and air blasters. This model has been developed over the years through extensive research and smaller unmanned aircraft do not fit properly into the AgDRIFT model. NAAA has provided data to the EPA explaining why the agency needs to develop a committee to accurately study the drift characteristics of applications made by UAVs, so this data could be incorporated into the AgDRIFT model. NAAA also requested that until this research is conducted and evaluated, the EPA clarify the rules regarding how UAS can make aerial applications under existing law.”

NAAA submitted comments on the draft 2.0 roadmap detailing why the section on UAVs doing powerline inspections needs to include information on agricultural aviators who operate above and below power lines while making pesticide applications and as such UAVs conducting such work should be equipped with sense and avoid technology. NAAA also suggested clarification that standards research on UAS applications need to focus on drift mitigation in addition to treatment efficacy.


Founded in 1918, ANSI serves as the administrator and coordinator of the United States private-sector voluntary standardization system. ANSI oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector. ANSI is also actively engaged in accreditation by assessing the competence of organizations determining conformance to standards. In September 2017, ANSI launched the UASSC to coordinate and accelerate the development of the standards needed to facilitate the safe integration of UAS into the national airspace system. The UASSC was not chartered to write standards, but to review areas where standardization is needed.

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