FAA Drone Regulations
One of the questions frequently asked to pilots is about the future and drone guidelines of the UAV technology. As the drones are becoming increasingly popular technologies in the skies, there is a necessity to establish the protective legislations that not only protect the users but also other UAVs flying in the designated proximity.
Canada’s Transportation Safety Board recently spotted drone during an investigation. The drone was a few dozen meters from the jets of an Air Canada pilot who was landing at Vancouver International Airport. The aircraft had to undergo strict testing for bird strikes and manufacturers kept pace in order to make it the safest means of travel. Still, a carbon fiber drone, weighing 70 pound, and flying into the engine or windshield of a jet creates huge problems for regulators.
For the time being, drone users are instructed to be cautious of any flying object in airspace and to fly the aircraft below 400 feet, selected as hobby airspace. Drone technology, with its rapid growth, is outshining the legislation.
France is one of the countries that lead in drone regulation. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation released some standards in March 2012 that must be accomplished in the field of marketing and UAV use. The regulations aim safety precautions to the aircraft by equipping it with barometer or any other safety tool that is used in case of any break down.
With all these safety measures, it still seems that FAA lags behind on implementation of drone regulations. Although the experts are aware of the fact that FAA is the reason behind some of the complex airspace on earth. Also that a collision between aircraft and drone would be a shattering sight for any concerned person.
Jim Williams, Aviation Administration Manager of UAS Integration announced, during a speech that took place in Orlando Florida at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems, that FAA is working in collaboration with other industries to enhance operations of UAS. He said that some of the commercial operations that were limited would now be improved once the guidelines are confirmed.
William specifically mentioned that FAA is projected to facilitate limited film making operations, inspection, powerline, flare stack inspection, and precision agriculture. This would be possible once the industry representatives were asked for quick approvals.
According to Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, FAA is allowed to give freedom from requirements of certification for initializing the UAS integration in to national airspace. The process might take some time, as it would require initial request of exemption to work according to public comment period.
It is of no doubt that the technology is progressing and in coming years, the regulations would be a part of FAA. Luca Galelli reported to have said that Spark Aerial takes flight safety seriously and obeys all the existing guidelines. They never risk their UAVs by being an obstruction to a manned aircraft path. They also advise users to follow regulations and take proper safety precautions for any object or person that come across.
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