By S.L. Fuller | November 22, 2017
The FAA said FlightScan Corp. wants to certificate the Camcopter S-100, a helicopter-shaped unmanned aircraft system originally from Schiebel. The agency is now looking for public comments on proposed airworthiness criteria for the drone. This is a “first,” according to the agency.
FlightScan applied June 1, 2015, for a special class type certification. The FAA is now asking for comments on proposed design standards for the drone to fly in controlled airspace.
“The ultimate goal of this and other projects is to grant FAA airworthiness certification to fully functional, ready-to-operate unmanned aircraft,” the FAA said. “The S-100 is the first unmanned aircraft to have its certification basis published.”
Camcopter S-100 is powered by a liquid-cooled rotary engine and has a maxiumum takeoff weight of 440 pounds, according to the FAA. It is used mostly to inspect power lines.
According to the FAA, the agency evaluated the following operational considerations when composing the notice:
The period of comment ends Dec. 18, 2017.
“We consider these proposed criteria to be interim because we anticipate the evolution of new operational criteria will necessitate additional airworthiness criteria in order to allow for the operation of the Camcopter S-100 in the National Airspace System,” the FAA said in its notice.