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Posted by wattnoise | Jul 16, 2014 @ 01:59 PM | 6,746 Views
Please, send your comments in to http://www.regulations.gov/ before the deadline - Friday, July 25, 2014 @ 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time.

The following are the comments I sent today. This was sent as 2 posts since the entire document exceeded the 5000 spaces allowed per post. If you want to, feel free to use any of my thoughts for your own submittal.

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I do not understand how it is that the FAA can make rules citing a section of funding regulation that specifically orders the FAA not to make such rules.

Public Law 11295, Section 336, paragraph a:

"the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration may not promulgate any rule or regulation regarding a model aircraft, or an aircraft being developed as a model aircraft"

Section 336's title is "Special Rule For Model Aircraft." In the context of the Act, this is a special rule for the FAA to follow, not the general public. The general public is to fly model aircraft "in accordance with a community based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization" (Section 336, paragraph a, number 2). The community based organization that is most notably recognized for the safe, legal operation of model aircraft in the US is the Academy of Model Aeronautics. None of the rules the FAA has forced upon the model aviation community in FAA-2014-0396 are found in the AMA's safety...Continue Reading
Posted by wattnoise | Jun 29, 2014 @ 10:14 PM | 6,667 Views
Don't give in to anything regarding the FAA. They effectively shut down a burgeoning commercial industry using model aircraft in 2007 that was demonstratively safe without regulation but willing to follow appropriate regulations for growth. The FAA has stymied every effort by former commercial operators and associations from participating in any working group charged with designing the regulations for small UAS (model aircraft). The AMA refused to get involved because it was outside the recreational parameters of the organization. The number of professional commercial operators in 2007 was estimated to be between 1,000 and 2,000 in the US (RCAPA.net) - obviously a small minority.

Since 2007, the FAA has done nothing to incorporate commercial model aircraft into "their" airspace - many deadlines have come and passed with nary a consequence to those responsible. Meanwhile, Japan, Australia, the UK, and a host of other countries have written regulations that have been proven to work. The civil aviation authorities of these countries have amended and updated their regulations to keep up with technologies (such as FPV) and real-world operational actions and advancements. The CAA's of these countries work in partnership with community based model aircraft organizations to certify and register pilots, keep the aircraft fleet airworthy, and keep up with advancements. The FAA does none of these things.

In the US, I would estimate that their are as many if not more...Continue Reading