Mar 3 2014, 5:10pm CST | by Forbes
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:
Source: Forbes Business
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