Listen Up Drone Operators: FAA Has 7 Myths To Bust

Mar 3 2014, 5:10pm CST | by

I wish I could be more optimistic that the FAA’s latest public information campaign – Busting Myths About the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft  – would make a difference in the exponential and unregulated growth of the commercial drone industry.  But sometimes the genie just can’t be put back in the bottle.  Or, in this case, the commercial use of drones stopped while a government agency goes through the slow, deliberative process of rule-making. I, for one, believe that the commercial drone industry is growing at a rate that greatly exceeds the FAA’s current pace of regulation or enforcement capability.  And I’m concerned about it.  Integration of manned and unmanned aircraft needs some regulation to ensure the safety both of the flying public and those firmly on the ground.

While media reports list sales of some drones in the tens of thousands, and commercial use of drones especially for aerial photography is openly touted on commercial websites, the FAA’s regulatory process is still in its research and review phase.  After all, the FAA only selected its six drone test sites barely two months ago.  A selection process that in itself took more than ten months of study.  At this rate, any meaningful regulation is years and years away.

But in the meanwhile – if you fly, or plan to fly, unmanned aircraft commercially, the FAA has seven myths it wants to bust.  Here is a summary of the points the FAA wants would-be commercial drone operators to know:

  1. FAA does control all the airspace from the ground up, including airspace below 400 feet.
  2. Commercial UAS flights are not ok over private property even if below 400 feet.  Commercial operation of drones requires a certified aircraft, a licensed pilot and operating approval.
  3. Commercial operation of drones is not a gray area of FAA regulations.  All aircraft – manned or unmanned – must have some type of FAA approval.  (Model aircraft flown as a hobby or for recreational purposes are excepted but must be operated in accordance with model aircraft guidelines and away from populated areas.)
  4. The FAA has a number of enforcement tools to stop unauthorized commercial drone operations and it does not believe there are too many operations for it to stop.
  5. Commercial UAS operations will not be ok after September 30, 2015 – unless the FAA issues appropriate regulations.  The FAA states that it expects to publish a proposed rule for small drones – those under 55 pounds – later this year which is likely to include provisions for commercial operations.
  6. The FAA disputes that it is lagging behind other countries in its commercial approval of drones.
  7. FAA’s 30,000 drones by 2030 prediction is outdated and the agency now predicts as many as 7500 small commercial UAS by 2018, assuming the necessary regulations are in place.  This figure may be updated when new rules are proposed later this year.

Source: Forbes Business

 
 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/30" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Mummy wearing jewellery unearthed in Egypt
London, Nov 23 (IANS) Spanish archaeologists have discovered about 4,000 years old female mummy wearing rare jewellery in Egypt.
 
 
Exercise and fasting could boost brain's functions
Washington, Nov 23 (IANS) Exercise along with occasional fasting is good for boosting the brain's neurons, shows a new research.
 
 
One infant dies in Pakistan hospital
Islamabad, Nov 23 (IANS) One more infant died due to lack of oxygen in an incubator and negligence of the hospital administration in Pakistan, bringing the number of such deaths to 19 in the past five days.
 
 
American whiskey faces challenge in whisky-gulping India
Washington, Nov 23 (IANS) For the most part Indians love things American, but when it comes to their tipple, the world's largest whisky drinkers usually go for Scotch or their very own home-made brands.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Boko Haram kills 48 Nigerian fishermen
Abuja, Nov 23 (IANS) Members of Nigeria's armed terrorist group Boko Haram have killed 48 people in an attack on fish sellers near the border with Chad, a media report said Sunday. The attack took place Thursday, but...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
45 killed in Afghanistan suicide attack
Kabul, Nov 23 (IANS) At least 45 people were killed and 60 wounded Sunday in a suicide bomb attack at a volleyball ground in Afghanistan's Paktika province, officials said. "Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Switzerland win Davis Cup
Lille (France), Nov 23 (IANS) Switzerland defeated France 3-1 to win the 2014 Davis Cup final at the indoor clay courts of the Stade Pierre Mauroy here Sunday. It is Switzerland's first title at the prestigious event...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Iggy Pop tries to twerk
Iggy Pop enjoys twerking around his house. The 67-year-old musician has said he was ''proud'' when Debbie Harry made comments earlier this year saying he had been twerking for his whole life. In an interview with The...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Olly Murs still gets starstruck
Olly Murs still gets starstruck. The 'Wrapped Up' singer has met his fair share of celebrities since appearing on 'The X Factor' in 2009, but confessed he still feels jittery when he meets people he really admires such...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
John Mayer helped Katherine Heigl to get husband to commit
Katherine Heigl used John Mayer to convince her husband to commit to her. The 'State of Affairs' star - who has been married to Josh Kelley since December 2009 - has admitted that she threatened her now-husband to...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Baby boy for Kourtney Kardashian?
Kourtney Kardashian is believed to be having a baby boy. The 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star - who is currently pregnant with her third child by Scott Disick - was reportedly spotted stocking up on blue outfits...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Mila Kunis: Jupiter Ascending was like boot camp
Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum ''got in trouble'' for losing too much weight filming 'Jupiter Ascending'. The 31-year-old actress - who has two-month-old daughter Wyatt with fiancé Ashton Kutcher - admits the futuristic...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
Force India finish sixth in 2014
Abu Dhabi, Nov 23 (IANS) Formula 1 team Force India ended their 2014 season in sixth position in the constructors' championship as its drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg brought home 28 points from the season-...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Hamilton seals F1 drivers' title with Abu Dhabi win
Abu Dhabi, Nov 23 (IANS) British racing driver Lewis Hamilton clinched his second Formula 1 drivers' title as he comprehensively won the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the 5.5 km Yas Marina Circuit here Sunday...
Read more on Sport Balla