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Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.


Notice of petition for exemption received.


This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of 14 CFR. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of FAA's regulatory activities. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.


Comments on this petition must identify the petition docket number and must be received on or before April 25, 2017.


You may send comments identified by Docket Number FAA-2016-3324 using any of the following methods:

  • Government-wide rulemaking Web site: Go to and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically.
  • Mail: Send comments to the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
  • Fax: Fax comments to the Docket Management Facility at 202-493-2251.
  • Hand Delivery: Bring comments to the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Privacy: We will post all comments we receive, without change, to, including any personal information you provide. Using the search function of our docket Web site, anyone can find and read the comments received into any of our dockets, including the name of the individual sending the comment (or signing the comment for an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78).

Docket: To read background documents or comments received, go to at any time or to the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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Jake Troutman, (202) 683-7788, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591.

This notice is published pursuant to 14 CFR 11.85.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on March 30, 2017.

Lirio Liu,

Director, Office of Rulemaking.

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Petition for Exemption

Docket No.: FAA-2016-3324.

Petitioner: STEM+C Inc.

Section of 14 CFR Affected: 61.113(a)(b); 61.133(a); 91.7(a); 91.119; 91.121; 91.151(a); 91.405(a); 91.407(a)(1); 91.409(a)(2); 91.417(a)(b).

Description of Relief Sought: STEM+C Inc., an educational company defined as, “Science, technology, engineering and math”, seeks an exemption to operate small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). The requested relief is for “teams” of students registered and authorized by STEM+C Inc. to participate in “Spaceport America and STEM+C Flight Series” at Spaceport America in New Mexico. The goal of this project is to tow a sUAS (RvJet) under a weather balloon to a maximum operating altitude of 115,000 ft. mean sea level (msl). At 115,000 ft. msl a release signal will be sent to the RvJet, which will cause the RvJet to detach from the weather balloon. The RvJet will then be flown to Spaceport America via control link and video link. The proposed airspace is a 35 nautical mile (nm) radius from a point defined by: Latitude 32.9905 and Longitude 106.9736.

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[FR Doc. 2017-06768 Filed 4-4-17; 8:45 am]