The Genie is out of the bottle

As most of you are aware, the United States has one of the world’s most restrictive policies for the operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Rather than partition UAS into various categories based on the potential hazards to the National Air Space (NAS) and to persons/property, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has decided that government knows how to fly UAS and commercial concerns do not. In addition, the FAA has decided (for the time being) that it is safe for your five year old son to operate a 25 pound “model” UAS as a hobby but it is not safe for you to commercially operate a 1 kg “foamy” for local quarry mapping operations. These draconian (and nonsensical) policies are really setting the United States back in the advancement and use of small UAS (sUAS) development and operations.

Wings versus Gliders


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