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Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; American Robotics, Inc.

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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 May 18, 2020.


Send comments identified by docket number FAA-2019-0775 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.

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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 April 22, 2020.

Brandon Roberts,

Acting Executive Director, Office of Rulemaking.

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Petition for Exemption

Docket No.: FAA-2019-0775

Petitioner: American Robotics, Inc.

Section(s) of 14 CFR Affected: §§ 61.3(a)(1)(i); 91.9(b)(2); 91.119(c); 91.121; 91.151(b); & 91.203(a) & (b).

Description of Relief Sought: The proposed exemption, if granted, would allow the petitioner to operate its proprietary Scout quadcopter unmanned aircraft system (UAS), with a maximum gross takeoff weight of 20 pounds, in rural agricultural settings in accordance with a Special Airworthiness Certificate in the experimental category for the purposes of: Research and development; crew training; and customer crew training. The Scout UAS is a highly-automated industrial vertical takeoff and landing electric multirotor that has been custom designed. Operations under the requested exemption would only be conducted in Class G airspace with areas having light air traffic, in daylight visual meteorological conditions, and would be limited to 400 feet above ground level. Individual missions will occur within the boundaries of controlled access farmland (or similar rural, controlled access environments) owned or controlled by the petitioner's customers.

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[FR Doc. 2020-08952 Filed 4-27-20; 8:45 am]