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SC-228, Minimum Performance Standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

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SC-228, Minimum Performance Standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, was established May 20, 2013, to support the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) goal of safe and efficient UAS integration into the National Airspace System (NAS). Objectives of the committee include developing Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) for Detect and Avoid (DAA) equipment, both MOPS and Minimum Aviation System Performance Standards (MASPS) for Command and Control (C2) Data Link Systems, and Guidance Material (GM) for Navigation Systems, and Lost Link UAS Behavior GM. The initial phase of standards development focused on civil UAS equipped to operate into Class A airspace under IFR flight rules. The Operational Environment for the DAA MOPS has matured to include the transitioning of a UAS to and from Class A or special use airspace, traversing Class C, D, E, and G airspace. In developing the performance standards for the C2 Data Link, the committee established a C-Band solution. The committee also considers new licensed bands that are made available for use for C2 Links, including Cellular Networks, in conjunction with EUROCAE WG-105. The committee published its first documents in September of 2016 with the release of DO-362, Command and Control (C2) Data Link Minimum Operational Performance Standards (MOPS) (Terrestrial). Additional work underway is planned through 2023.

Leadership

Co-ChairJim WilliamsAURA Network Systems
Co-ChairBrandon SuarezReliable Robotics
Government Authorized RepresentativeSteve Van TreesFederal Aviation Administration
SecretaryKatie EdwardsBoeing Commerical Airplanes
Program DirectorBrandi TeelRTCA, Inc.

General Information

Terms of Reference
Committee Documents
Next Meeting Agenda
January 27, 2023

Contact Information

For additional meeting summaries, please contact the Program Director: Brandi Teel

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