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Old Dec 19, 2014, 05:08 PM
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For those who like to read, volume 16 specifically.

http://fsims.faa.gov/PICResults.aspx...egory=all~menu
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Old Feb 15, 2015, 07:40 AM
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There are possible changes that relax the pilot requirements. Sounds like the FAA is getting hammered over their over restrictive requirements for commercial use, and trying to placate those complaining.
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Old Feb 15, 2015, 08:54 AM
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Update on Feb 2015 FAA document

As reported widely in the press over the last couple of days, a user found an internal document at the FAA site, covering a cost-benefit analysis of proposed small UAV regulations. It is not the regulation itself, it is just a supporting document. However, it bodes well for both UAV and the model airplane groups. There is some indication from other sources that the actual rules may still be a couple of years away.

The news article regarding the recent leak is here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregorym...g-regulations/

and the FAA document is here:
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5zl...dVk/edit?pli=1

On their face, the language indicates that the FAA has taken the comments provided by industry and hobbyists seriously and is considering a very workable set of rules. (Will wonders ever cease !!!) Also, there seems to be an effort to have two categories of small UAVs: those under 4.4 lb, and those up to 55 lb. Not all will be pleased with the "rules", but they are very usable (as leaked).

It is now up to the industry and hobby groups to apply these rules responsibly. There's light at the end of the tunnel, finally, and it is not the train !

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Old Feb 15, 2015, 10:12 AM
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It’s difficult to sort out what rules are for commercial and hobbyists. The way I read the law is that congress would have to pass it in order for it to be legal for recreational use. The current law makes it illegal for the FAA to pass regulations for model aircraft used for hobby or recreational purposes.


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Old Feb 15, 2015, 01:37 PM
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I haven't read it yet, but...... the real problem from their previous stance is with US manufacturers. How they were posing, made it illegal to test fly models designed and manufactured in the US. Or demo them, or win air races. So hopefully they've allowed for this.
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Old Feb 15, 2015, 02:19 PM
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FAA sUAS NPRM doc

Well, finally, today, after years of feet-dragging, the FAA released its draft NPRM for small (<55 lb) UAVs. This release might have been prompted by the leak that occurred a couple of days earlier.

The draft NPRM of the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems can be seen here:

http://www.faa.gov/regulations_polic..._signature.pdf

This is not onerous at all, considering all that the UAV industry and the model airplane hobbyists have feared. Of course, the full rules will only be in place after 2 years or so.

Enjoy !!!

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Old Feb 15, 2015, 07:57 PM
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I can live with most of it, however there are many issues on the commercial side that will make me unhappy.
The model exemption requirements to be operated under a national organization. Well I might have to make one, with free membership.
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Old Feb 16, 2015, 05:58 AM
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ABC news last evening had a nice summary. They said that these were for commercial use and a draft and out for comments. They also said they were for commercial purposes. For commercial use the pilot would have to pass a UAV test but would not be required to have a pilot’s license. Seams like the main complaint from businesses was the line of sight and no night flying rules. I think that will have to be dropped for the final version.

The bottom line is for us hobby flyers nothing will change.


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Old Feb 19, 2015, 01:55 PM
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I'm glad that our collective voices were at least heard and that a PR that makes sense and we can live with as hobbyists is now starting to appear. I would still like to see an exemption for crop survey for family-owned farms (insert clever language for LLCs created by individuals vs. mega corps). I would posit that nobody stands to benefit more than the family farmer.
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Old Feb 19, 2015, 07:05 PM
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Here you go, some information I caught on a Geospatial (
- GPS Survey news letter. This guy is very current with his gps stuff...enjoy

http://geospatial-solutions.com/in-a...for-small-uas/
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If you want to learn more about FAA airspace regulations and how they affect UAV operaors, take a look at this free multimedia lesson on Airport Operations for UAV Pilots:
http://www.uav-groundschool.com/airport-operations
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