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Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; BFD Systems, LLC

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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 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 December 4, 2019.


Send comments identified by docket number FAA-2019-0657 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, 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 W12-140 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, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at​privacy.

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 W12-140 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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Issued in Washington, DC, on November 7, 2019.

Forest Rawls,

Acting Deputy Executive Director, Office of Rulemaking.

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Petition for Exemption

Docket No.: FAA-2019-0657.

Petitioner: BFD Systems, LLC.

Section(s) of 14 CFR Affected: §§ 61.23(a) & (c); 61.101(e)(4) & (5); 61.113(a); 61.315(a); 91.7(a); 91.119(c); 91.121; 91.151(a)(1); 91.405(a); 91.407(a)(1); 91.409(a)(1) & (2); & 91.417(a) & (b).

Description of Relief Sought: The proposed exemption, if granted, would allow the petitioner to operate the GD-40 BFD Edition unmanned aircraft system, with a maximum takeoff weight of 120 pounds. Operations will be conducted for: Closed set motion picture films, carrying cinematic cameras, in restricted access film locations; not over people, and within visual line of sight of the pilot. The petitioner also requests relief for tethered operations for communication and video equipment cellular network augmentation, and live broadcast conditions. The proposed locations are in guarded restricted-access areas, or within a defined cordoned off area. Cellular network augmentation operations will support FirstNet network subscribers in disaster areas and help restore and improve first responder communications capabilities in the aftermath of natural disasters in the United States.

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[FR Doc. 2019-24703 Filed 11-13-19; 8:45 am]