Choctaw Nation BEYOND

The BEYOND program at CNO is a follow-on effort to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP). In this new program, CNO will continue its partnership with the FAA and other industry partners to safely test and validate advanced operations for drones. BEYOND will address specific challenges remaining at the closure of the UASIPP. The FAA BEYOND program will focus on:

  • The steps necessary to facilitate scalable, reputable and economically feasible Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations;
  • Collection, measurement and response efforts for community feedback related to UAS operations; and,
  • The quantification and measurement of societal and economic impact of various UAS operations.


The BEYOND Program

A Presidential Memorandum established the UAS IPP on October 25, 2017. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) instituted it as a three-year program to enable state, local, and tribal governments, in collaboration with industry to advance more complex UAS operations in the National Airspace System (NAS). Under the IPP, the FAA executed Memoranda of Agreement (MOAs) with 10 state, local, and tribal governments to conduct advanced UAS operations to advance safe and secure integration.

The nine IPP lead participants accomplished many achievements under the IPP, and the FAA shared the relevant data and lessons learned with the appropriate policymakers and regulatory teams within the FAA and DOT to inform regulations, policy, and guidance. The FAA concluded the IPP on October 25, 2020 as mandated by statute and decided to continue the partnerships and progress it made under the IPP to continue to address remaining challenges. The BEYOND program started on October 26, 2020 to continue the partnerships with eight of the nine IPP participants.

The program will focus on operating under established rules rather than waivers, collecting data to develop performance-based standards, collecting and addressing community feedback and understanding the societal and community benefits, and to streamline the approval processes for UAS integration.

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