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Judges Dismiss Suit Against FAA, But Loser Wins

The FAA sent an email to a Texas search organization telling them to quit using UAS (drones) for searches.  EquuSearch sued the FAA.  A three-judge panel dismissed the suit, saying the email was not a completed action and was advisory in nature, only.  Therefore, the order didn't have to be complied with in the first place.  

The FAA replies that they still have legal responsibility for security of the National Airs Space (NAS). 

It would seem likely that the FAA will get continued pushback by individuals and agencies who are claiming the FAA does not have authority to regulate UAS.

There is little doubt that Congress will have to get in the act and clarify regulatory authority.

We can assume that sooner or later, a UAS will hit a passenger plane and cause some damange and that will ignite a fire storm of public opinion.

In the meantime, the FAA is missing Congressional deadlines to integrate UAS into the NAS.

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Re: Judges Dismiss Suit Against FAA, But Loser Wins

So Jim -- your a pilot - what do you think they should do with this mess- I'm just saying congress could not even come up with a budget - it took years -by the time they figure this ine out - there will be something else to replace the drones , lol

 

Seems pretty simple to me - make them stay 3 miles away from airports and limit them to what ? 100 or 150 feet ?

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Re: Judges Dismiss Suit Against FAA, But Loser Wins

Boy, I hope they get something figured out soon. There is an amazing amount of information one can gather via drones. Different camera lenses can capture info relevant to water stress, leaf nitrogen levels, transpiration rates etc. exciting stuff!
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Re: Judges Dismiss Suit Against FAA, But Loser Wins

You can fly within 200 feet off of the tree and wire line.  If a 747 hits a drone plane the damage should be very minimal especially at lower altitudes.

 

The little drones probably don't show up very well on radar.  Not much more than a bird.

 

The FAA however could be shut down due to conditions.  And it should be done.  Danger is danger.

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Re: Judges Dismiss Suit Against FAA, But Loser Wins

Where the 747 hits the UAS is what matters.  Put one in an engine and nothing good will happen.

Here's an example of a small plane hitting a bird.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH9Kf-5Jn_4 

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