FAA’s sUAS Pathfinder needs parameters NOW in order to provide a basis for any Part 107 revisions

On February 15, 2015 Secretary Foxx and Administrator Huerta announced the issuance of an NPRM, Part 107, which proposed the terms by which Small UAS commercial operators could fly. Since then, the UAS industry has…

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UNLIKE FAA, EASA’s UAS rules balance safety and flexibility through SMS

The FAA, after constant criticism, issued its sUAS NPRM, and the public and Congress have responded both positively and negatively. Almost a month later (did the Europeans complain?), EASA published (and the European Commission proposed) its Remotely Piloted Aircraft System “Concept of Operation” for all drones within its borders. This approach is quite different from the FAA’s proposed Part 107. The RPAS rules may create limitations based on safety risks and flexibility tailored to the specific operation. It sounds like that EASA will be applying Safety Management System principles.