National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced today that it has
published in the Federal Register a Notice of Interpretation to clarify
that its existing definition of “unmanned aircraft accident” does not include
model aircraft. The definition appears in the NTSB’s regulation entitled
“Notification and Reporting of Aircraft Accidents or Incidents and Overdue
Aircraft, and Preservation of Aircraft Wreckage, Mail, Cargo, and Records.”
the interpretation, the NTSB notes that it considers instructive the
description of “model aircraft” that appears in the FAA Modernization and
Reform Act of 2012.
The interpretation also notes the NTSB’s exclusion of model aircraft from the
applicability of its regulation on notification and reporting of aircraft
accidents or incidents, which can be found at part 830 of title 49, Code of
Federal Regulations, is consistent with international practices and interpretations
concerning accident notifications and investigations.
Notice does not request comments or issue any deadlines. The NTSB publishes the
Notice to provide clarification concerning the agency’s interpretation of the
definition of “unmanned aircraft accident” in 49 C.F.R. § 830.2.
A copy of the Federal Register notice can be found at: