The Texas volunteer group, EquuSearch, which uses UASs to find missing people, successfully sought and received FAA authorization to use these aircraft in their efforts to search a specific woman. After a torrent of criticism from the UAS community, this shows that the FAA can respond.
Several months ago EquuSearch responded to a FSDO’s “cease and desist” letter by appealing to the US Court of Appeals challenging the document as a final order. The Court dismissed the petition because the FAA letter did not rise to the kind of agency policy upon which courts may rule. The opinion also recited a section of the letter to EquuSearch in which the FAA recited procedures by which the group might obtain permission to use their UASs.
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