The possible UAS commercial uses are endlessly promising. For construction and architecture, drone capabilities could transcend the industry.
The Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) elects Gregory Walden, former FAA chief counsel, chair of the Stakeholder Consultation Body (SCB). An excellent selection.
The White House held an event about the future growth, safety and regulations of UASs on October 11 with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Secretary Foxx, Helen Greiner and Eric Allison. Although there was good feedback, there was no mention that Congress should reconstitute the regulatory regimes which presently balance safety and innovation.
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.
The European Safety Agency issued a short 45 page draft of their regulatory framework for UAS operation. Is its brevity more appropriate or due to lack of specifics?
UAS accidents are inevitable. The most powerful policy may be the terms of liability coverage issued by insurance carriers.
More importantly, the South African equivalent of the FAA has already issued a full set of fully effective set of regulations for the flight of UASs within the country and the CONTENT of those final rules.
Bard College has seized the initiative and has begun to catalogue information about these innovative vehicles. The below link takes readers to its first report on UASs. The sole research source is the FAA section 333 docket. Here are some thoughts in response to Bard’s writing.