Two independent reports suggest that the UAS regulations will not be final for a while and iterative even after issuance

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ARTICLE: European Commission Proposing Standards for Commercial Drones

PRESS RELEASE:FAA Announces First UAS Test Site Operational


The level of criticism of the FAA’s failure to meet the expectations of future UAS operators reminds that “drone” is both a noun and a verb (“to talk in a persistently dull or monotonous tone”). To put the frequent attacks of the governmental deliberation in context, it is useful to review the above two linked sources.

First, the EU is facing the same challenge and this article describes the complex issues which that multi-state organization still faces. The article outlines in very general terms (read far from even a draft rule), the five top issues:

· Central certification of the UAS and the operators;

· Data protection rules; the information collected will meet strict privacy rules;

· Control of security threats;


What this suggests is that the EASA 2016 goal for implementation may be aggressive.

The second title ties to an FAA press release about the issuance of a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to the North Dakota Department of Commerce “to begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at its Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site.” While the UAS will provide aerial views of soil quality and of crops in a goal of improving the science of precise agriculture, it will generate useful data about the safety of these operations for the FAA.

The goal of this and other test sites is to create meaningful information around which the UAS final rules will be crafted . Even if the FAA meets its statutory goal of promulgation of the final UAS regulations, information from these test sites and the Centers of Excellence will identify further enhancements of the rules.

Like the original CARs and now FARs, the regulatory terms which define this industry will be subject to not infrequent amendment.

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