The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is still working on its first step in regulating small unmanned aircraft systems. A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was publicly released Feb. 15, and the period for comments closed on April 24. Now the industry is waiting for the FAA to complete its analysis, and if the recent FAA Regulations panel at the International Drone Exposition and Conference (InterDrone) in Las Vegas this week was any indication, the industry will have a long wait.
“I don’t think this rule will be finalized on the date it is supposed to be,” said Jonathon Freye, director for policy and strategy and creative director for Aerius Flight.
He was joined on the panel by Gregory McNeal, cofounder of AirMap; Jonathan Rupprecht, drone lawyer and commercial pilot; and Brendan Schulman, who recently became the vice president of policy and legal affairs at drone-maker DJI. The panel gave insight into where the FAA is with certain decisions, what can be expected from the rules, and what the rules mean for commercial use.
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