Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of New Approval of Information Collection: Survey of Unmanned-Aircraft-Systems Operators, 57287 [2020-20301]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 179 / Tuesday, September 15, 2020 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration [FAA–2020–0488] Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of New Approval of Information Collection: Survey of Unmanned-Aircraft-Systems Operators Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval a new information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on May 12, 2020. The collection is a survey of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operator who are registered with the FAA under part 107 and section 349. The information to be collected will be used to prepare and plan for the integration of UAS into the national airspace system (NAS), as required by Section 376 under the FAA Reauthorizations Act of 2018. DATES: Written comments should be submitted by October 12, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the attention of the Desk Officer, Department of Transportation/FAA, and sent via electronic mail to oira_ submission@omb.eop.gov, or faxed to (202) 395–6974, or mailed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William G. Ekins by email at: William.g.ekins@faa.gov; phone: 202– 267–4735. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA’s performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:57 Sep 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection. OMB Control Number: 2120–. Title: Survey of Unmanned-AircraftSystems Operators. Form Numbers: N/A. Type of Review: new information collection. Background: The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on May 12, 2020 (2020–10139). The FAA Reauthorizations Act of 2018 explicitly charges the FAA with developing a plan to implement a UAS traffic management (UTM) services. The development of this congressionally mandated plan requires an estimation of current activity by UAS operators and projecting this behavior into the future as economic, technology, and regulatory condition change. Given the lack of available data on the flight behavior of UAS operators, the FAA proposes a survey of UAS operators who have registered with the FAA under Section 349 or Part 107. Survey consists of a voluntary questionnaire administered online. Registrants within the FAA’s UAS registry under Part 107 and Section 349 are invited to complete the online questionnaire via email. The email contains a personalized link to the questionnaire hosted by Survey Monkey. The questionnaire contains: 6 questions on general flight behavior, 4 questions about the number and types of UAS operated, 6 questions for respondents who identity as commercial operators, and 7 questions for respondents who identify as operating for public safety agencies. Including a social-media preference and self-identifying questions, the questionnaire contains a total 25 question. However, the majority of respondents will only answer the first 12 questions. The data obtained from the survey will be used to develop national forecasts of UAS activity. Summary data from the proposed survey will be included in the Aviation Forecast published annually by the FAA. Given this Information Collection Request is for a new survey, three postsurvey studies are included in survey design: A request for comments on questions within the questionnaire, post-survey study of non-response bias, and a post-survey study of sampling bias. Each of these follow-up studies have questionnaires as instruments. PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57287 These studies are used to hone the survey design. The main questionnaire is expected to place 10,881 hours of burden on the public while the remainder of the postsurvey studies require 23,165 hours. Respondents: UAS operators registered with the FAA under Part 107 or Section 349. Frequency: Annually. Estimated Average Burden per Response: 5.3 minutes on average. Estimated Total Annual Burden: 34,026 hours. Issued in Washington, DC, on September 10, 2020. Michael Lukacs, Deputy Division Manager, Office of Aviation Policy and Plans, APO–100, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation. [FR Doc. 2020–20301 Filed 9–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration [Summary Notice No. FAA–2020–58] Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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. SUMMARY: Comments on this petition must identify the petition docket number and must be received on or before October 5, 2020. ADDRESSES: Send comments identified by docket number FAA–2020–0693 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov 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. DATES: E:\FR\FM\15SEN1.SGM 15SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

[FAA-2020-0488]


Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; 
Clearance of New Approval of Information Collection: Survey of 
Unmanned-Aircraft-Systems Operators

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA 
invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) approval a new information collection. The 
Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting 
comments on the following collection of information was published on 
May 12, 2020. The collection is a survey of unmanned aircraft systems 
(UAS) operator who are registered with the FAA under part 107 and 
section 349. The information to be collected will be used to prepare 
and plan for the integration of UAS into the national airspace system 
(NAS), as required by Section 376 under the FAA Reauthorizations Act of 
2018.

DATES: Written comments should be submitted by October 12, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on 
the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be 
addressed to the attention of the Desk Officer, Department of 
Transportation/FAA, and sent via electronic mail to 
[email protected], or faxed to (202) 395-6974, or mailed to 
the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management 
and Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, 
DC 20503.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William G. Ekins by email at: 
[email protected]; phone: 202-267-4735.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of 
this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for FAA's performance; (b) the 
accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the 
quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) 
ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of 
the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include 
your comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information 
collection.
    OMB Control Number: 2120-.
    Title: Survey of Unmanned-Aircraft-Systems Operators.
    Form Numbers: N/A.
    Type of Review: new information collection.
    Background: The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment 
period soliciting comments on the following collection of information 
was published on May 12, 2020 (2020-10139). The FAA Reauthorizations 
Act of 2018 explicitly charges the FAA with developing a plan to 
implement a UAS traffic management (UTM) services. The development of 
this congressionally mandated plan requires an estimation of current 
activity by UAS operators and projecting this behavior into the future 
as economic, technology, and regulatory condition change. Given the 
lack of available data on the flight behavior of UAS operators, the FAA 
proposes a survey of UAS operators who have registered with the FAA 
under Section 349 or Part 107.
    Survey consists of a voluntary questionnaire administered online. 
Registrants within the FAA's UAS registry under Part 107 and Section 
349 are invited to complete the online questionnaire via email. The 
email contains a personalized link to the questionnaire hosted by 
Survey Monkey. The questionnaire contains:
    6 questions on general flight behavior,
    4 questions about the number and types of UAS operated,
    6 questions for respondents who identity as commercial operators, 
and
    7 questions for respondents who identify as operating for public 
safety agencies.
    Including a social-media preference and self-identifying questions, 
the questionnaire contains a total 25 question. However, the majority 
of respondents will only answer the first 12 questions.
    The data obtained from the survey will be used to develop national 
forecasts of UAS activity. Summary data from the proposed survey will 
be included in the Aviation Forecast published annually by the FAA.
    Given this Information Collection Request is for a new survey, 
three post-survey studies are included in survey design: A request for 
comments on questions within the questionnaire, post-survey study of 
non-response bias, and a post-survey study of sampling bias. Each of 
these follow-up studies have questionnaires as instruments. These 
studies are used to hone the survey design.
    The main questionnaire is expected to place 10,881 hours of burden 
on the public while the remainder of the post-survey studies require 
23,165 hours.
    Respondents: UAS operators registered with the FAA under Part 107 
or Section 349.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Estimated Average Burden per Response: 5.3 minutes on average.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 34,026 hours.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on September 10, 2020.
Michael Lukacs,
Deputy Division Manager, Office of Aviation Policy and Plans, APO-100, 
Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation.
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