Friday, October 2, 2015
FAA Takes Criticism for Missed UAS Deadline
In a letter sent yesterday to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International along with a long list of industry groups lamented the FAA's failure to meet its Sept. 30, 2015, deadline for commercializing UAS in the country's airspace. In the letter, the organization said that "with each passing day that commercial integration is delayed, the United States continues to fall behind." It also argued that the lack of regulations are responsible for stifling innovation by American businesses and for provoking state and local regulators to propose their own laws that both confuse local operators and conflict with the federal government's ultimate authority over the National Airspace System. The letter urged the FAA to finalize its small UAS rules without further delay, adding that doing so would facilitate the training of commercial drone operators and therefore promote "a culture of safety that helps deter careless and reckless behavior."