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July 1, 2009 - ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems will meet on Wednesday and Thursday, July 22 and 23. It will open with briefing on small UAS landscape from FAA and F38 and discussion on standards needed to support regulatory efforts, based on FAA sUAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee recommendations. Topics will include determination of takeoff and landing areas, visibility and identification markings, design/construction/safety monitoring, and maintenance manuals.

ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems to Meet in July

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ASTM International
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West Conshohocken, PA, 19428-2959

Press release date: June 29, 2009

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 29 June 2009-ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems will meet at ASTM International Headquarters on Wednesday and Thursday, July 22 and 23.

The meeting will open with a briefing on the small UAS (sUAS) landscape from FAA and F38, and discussion on standards needed to support regulatory efforts. This is based on the recommendations of the FAA's sUAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), which include a simplified framework for enabling self-declared conformance by sUAS manufacturers with FAA recognized consensus standards in order to obtain flight authorization. This approach should be less burdensome than traditional certification processes, and allows for regulators and the sUAS community to work together to create consensus standards. As such, this meeting of F38 will focus on ARC recommended topics such as:

Determination of takeoff and landing areas for sUAS operations,
Visibility and identification markings of sUAS for commercial use,
Design, construction and continued operational safety monitoring of sUAS,
Maintenance and the development of maintenance manuals for sUAS, and
sUAS command and control links.

In addition, standardization around optionally piloted aircraft (OPA) will be discussed.

For more information on the meeting, (schedule, hotel, rooms) please visit Please pre-register online from this meeting link. The F38 meeting is free of charge and open to any interested persons, though F38 maintains a voluntary activity fee of $20. This contribution is strictly voluntary, and is placed into the committee's general fund to help support meeting activities. For more information on Committee F38, visit The F38 workflow can be found at

Please feel free to contact Committee F38 Chairman Michael Howell (, or Vice Chairman Jeffrey Goldfinger ( For information about ASTM and membership on Committee F38, contact F38 Membership Secretary James Jewell ( or Daniel Schultz, ASTM International (

Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.

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