The FAA responded to reporter Patrick McKay’s FOIA request about 237 UAS enforcement cases. Here’s what they tell the FAA and users.
Safety, Certification and Compliance
The onus remains on the FAA to take action by making new FAA UAS regulations effective immediately and enforcing them in a high profiles cases to bring their message to the UAS operators, will help address the problem.
Is this education first approach the right way to go with a segment of aviation which does not exhibit much compliance disposition? Or might a more balanced approach assure that the bad drone pilots do not damage the public’s support of this new industry.
It is not common for the Administrator to issue a National Policy on Compliance. Why did he do it and what is its significance?
UAS accidents are inevitable. The most powerful policy may be the terms of liability coverage issued by insurance carriers.
It might help to understand from whence the FAA comes. It has relied on multiple systems to assure safety. That historic construct may be the impediment to the UAS industry evolving as the private sector would like. Here is a brief description of the seines upon which the FAA has relied.
The two recent fines imposed by FAA against Alaska Airlines and Horizon Airlines, raise the question posed above. All of those aircraft are worthless if one piece of paper is in disarray: the FAA certificate. What does a company do to preserve that asset?
It is rare when the Congress and the Executive Branches both move in the same direction on a major aviation policy matter. Both are directed to solving one of the critical safety issues, AT control of UAS aircraft, the solution to which may both enhance safety and assure economical operations.