The FAA issued a settlement of the landmark FAA UAS enforcement case against SkyPan. The initial demand for almost $2,000,000 was reduced to basically $200,000, which suggests that SkyPan’s arguments have some merit.
FAA Compliance Philosophy
In order for a new policy to be understood, the FAA would be wise to help explain the why and how the new compliance policy was applied in these two cases.
Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) systems are not new to airlines, but these state-of-the-art tablets will deliver enhanced functionality, greater safety and stronger cybersecurity. What is particularly encouraging is that this innovation was neither the push nor the pull of any FAR or proposed rule.
Two airports are illustrating the intersection between economic development and safety functions. With good planning and comprehension of FAA regulation, the balance between these potentially conflicting interests can be maintained.
This decision should be placed into the broader context of the FAA’s emerging policy to work with, not against, the regulated. Air Methods was an early adopter and leader of SMS, so the public documents between the them and the FAA may provide some definitive marks on the tracking graph.
FAA’s language of the new Philosophy; cooperation and compliance, not the ticket-writing jargon of the past.
Oshkosh is a function of history, leadership and tremendous aerial shows, but behind all of that flash is the substance of aviation safety.
A report by AinOnline’s Kerry Lynch about Flight Standards Director John Duncan’s speech to NATA provides external evidence of major Sea Change in how it regulates defined by policy and structure.