Craig Corliss-McDermott filed this request with the Federal Aviation Administration of the United States of America.
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From: Craig Corliss-McDermott

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

all documents and information pertaining to the application for use of equipment,robotics and of technology commonly referred to as "drones" or unmanned aircraft system (UAS),Unmanned Arial Vehicle (UAV) or any comparable system which flies without a soul on board, which may have been granted or applied for permission to operate or used in the airspace within the state of Vermont.

laymen terms - Im looking for all available records associated with who has requested (both private and public,local,state and federal agencies) permission to operate "drones" otherwise known as Unmanned Arial Vehicles in the state of Vermont and or its airspace.

Please also understand that this request is specific in that it aims to obtain time and date if available of application granting or denial ,the drones geographic area applied for deployment within the airspace of the state of vermont and the granted geographical use area permitted for operation of the drone and the agency identification of which the application to operate the drone was submitted by, also any identifying marks,numbers or vins that the vehicle may have on file, or been issued by the authoritative agency or with the authority on these matters , in its scope. It also is intended to obtain individual applications of each application received by the authority in charge of granting said permissions and within the timeframe of jan.1.2016 through Jan.1.2017 - Thank you very very kindly and I appreciate your assistance in advance.

in other words, i would like a copy of all applications received to fly drones in vermont, private and born of Government requests -local,state and federal in origin. Including all available information as to times,spaces,places,agencies,operators,purpose and or cause. If possible also copies of either the findings to grant the application for use of drone or findings to decline the application, what ever the case may be for each application received.

Thank you for any assistance you may provide in this request, your assistance is greatly appreciated and I look forward to a response.

Please note:
I would prefer this information and any related material or documents to be sent via electronic transmission and or electronic communication form, commonly referred to as email. If this is not possible I will gladly except them in their current format but would appreciate a estimate of all costs prior to your office or self moving forward with this request.

thank you again,

Craig Corliss-McDermott

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Craig Corliss-McDermott


Dear Mr. Corliss- McDermott,

The attached letter acknowledges receipt of your FOIA request dated January 25, 2017 and includes your point of contact information along with the FOIA reference number. Should you wish to inquire as to the status of your request please refer to the above mentioned number on all future correspondence.



Good afternoon Mr. McDermott,

My office was tasked your FOIA request dated January 25, 2017, concerning records associated with persons who have requested permission to operate drones in the state of Vermont between January 1, 2016- January 1, 2017. Recently the processing of UAS information was restructured and now is processed by several offices, throughout the FAA. So that we can be sure that your request has reached the correct office, I'd like to clarify the scope of your request. Hopefully, the following information will assist you in narrowing your scope, so that we can assign to the proper office for processing.

Previously, the FAA policy for UAS operations had been that no person may operate a UAS, including tethered UAS in the NAS without specific authorization. This changed with the implementation of the sUAS Rule, which was effective on August 29, 2016. The sUAS Rule includes Part 107 for civil operators (and public operators electing to operate as civil) weighing less than 55 pounds, as well as Part 101 for those operators also known as Section 336 or modelers/hobbyists. The Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) process will still be used for operations that cannot be conducted under Part 101 or Part 107.

Part 107 allows sUAS operations in Class G airspace without Air Traffic Control (ATC) authorization. For sUAS operations in Class B, C, D and E surface areas, the operator may request authorization. Operations in Class A are not addressed under Part 107 because the operational restrictions in Part 107 do not allow access to Class A airspace without a waiver. All sUAS operating under this rule are exempt from separation standards

Hopefully the information above will help you to give us a bit more information so that we can provide you with the information you seek. Until we hear from you, we will need to place a hold on this request. Your immediate response is greatly appreciated.

Shari Harvey
FOIA Coordinator
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office
Business & Planning Division
Business Administration, AUS-110