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Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; BNSF Railway Company

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT).




This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, the FAA's exemption process. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in Start Printed Page 44870the 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 October 16, 2017.


Send comments identified by docket number FAA-2017-0761 using any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to and follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically.
  • Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M-30; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room Wl2-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
  • Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at (202) 493-2251.

Privacy: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to http://www.regulations. gov, as described in the system ofrecords notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at http://ww\​privacv.

Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at at any time. Follow the online instructions for accessing the docket or go to the Docket Operations in Room Wl2-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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Jake Troutman (202) 683-7788, Office of Rulemaking, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591.

This notice is published pursuant to 14 CFR 11.85.

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Lirio Liu,

Director, Office of Rulemaking.

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Petition for Exemption

Docket No.: FAA-2017-0761

Petitioner: BNSF Railway Company

Section(s) of 14 CFR Affected: Part 21; §§ 45.23(b), 6l.l13(a) and (b), 9I.7(a), 9l.103(b), 91.119, 91.121, 91.151, 91.215, 91.203(a) and (b), 9l.405(a), 9l.407(a), 91.409(a), 91.417(a) and (b) of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR).

Description of Relief Sought: The petitioner, a Class I freight railroad, is seeking an exemption pursuant to Section 2210 of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016, to commercia lly operate small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) over BNSF owned or controlled land in support of activities described in Section 2210, paragraph (b). The inspection of railroad infrastructure and operations involving repair, construction, maintenance, or protection of covered facilities will occur during both day and night.

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[FR Doc. 2017-20498 Filed 9-25-17; 8:45 am]