Daylight Operations Waiver Update

Office for Research Protections     |    Unmanned Air Systems

For UA Pilots currently operating under the Daylight Operations Waive please note that although our Daylight Operations Waiver was not set to expire until July 2022, it will now expire on May 17, 2021 (this year) due to the Final Rule on Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People and amendments to 14 CFR--Part 107, published January 15, 2021.  

What Does This Mean?

Anyone operating under the waiver will need to take a recurrent exam that will include questions around operations at night. The free online exam is said to be available on March 16, 2021. This will; however, change your recurrent date.  

Does the Option for a Waiver Still Exist?

The option to apply for a waiver is only relevant if you wish to operate without anti-collision lights.  

What about the Remote ID Rule?

Additional information about the newly released Remote ID rule will be provided as the adoption date gets closer. At that point, we will evaluate our fleet of vehicles and capabilities, will identify who needs to apply for a FAA-Recognized Identification Area (FRIA) that permits operations without Remote ID in approved locations, etc.  

For more information, please contact the UA Operations Team within the Office for Research Protections ( | 814-865-1775).