August 11th, 2014
- Peter Sachs’s The Drone Pilot Association – As of right now Peter is up to 1,354 members. As Peter says, “Time is running out to legally challenge the FAA’s June 25, 2014 Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft. If not successfully challenged before August 25, 2014, drone pilots will be barred from operating commercially, barred from flying in “first person view,” barred from operating within 5 miles of any airport without prior permission and will suddenly be subject to all Federal Aviation Regulations. The DPA is trying to raise money to fund a legal challenge.
- Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to speed up regulations on drones and release them by the end of the year. In a statement, Schumer said the city has “become the wild, wild west” for commercial and recreational use of drones, formally called “unmanned aircraft systems.” “There are a number of unregulated small drones throughout New York City, as well as other parts of the state, threatening safety and privacy,” Schumer wrote in a letter to the FAA and Commerce Department.
- Drones Outpacing Rules as Popularity Soars in New York “Right now, unlike a manned-aircraft pilot who can get a license from the FAA, there’s no official training program for small drones,” said Brendan M. Schulman, a lawyer in Manhattan who represents a number of drone operators and enthusiasts. “What you’re seeing is popularity because they don’t require any particular expertise to get going. What you’re seeing is people buying these devices off the shelf and operating them without any experience or training because they’re easy to use.”
- The Drones Will Have Their Day – In state legislatures, drone regulation is one of the few issues that has enjoyed bipartisan support. In 2013, according to the ACLU, 43 states debated 96 drone bills; however, all but eight of these bills died in session. This year, just four out of 36 states that considered drone legislation have enacted any laws. This is not enough to keep pace with drone proliferation.
- LAPD want to crack down on civilian drones after police station incident – Los Angeles police officials say they may have to set boundaries on hobbyist drone use because local ordinances are vague and federal regulators are unlikely to to put clear-cut rules in place anytime soon.
- No Unmanned Flights ‘Anytime Soon,’ FAA Assures Pilots – Airlines should not expect to see unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying regularly in U.S. airspace “anytime soon,” a senior official with the Federal Aviation Administration told pilots August 7. The assurance came amid continuing reports of unauthorized UAS flights near airliners.
Wow, a lot of things happening, and this is just a selection of articles from the last 2 weeks! If you want to stay up to the minute with this subject follow me on Twitter because I tweet these articles as they happen.