Monday, January 22nd, 2018

KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules UPDATED


Filtering-out the Facts from Fiction & Paranoia

With the publishing of Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor’s speculative and interpretive article in the Wall Street Journal this past fall, it seems every news agency, media outlet and publication has totally lost their minds in a fit of hysteria liken to Chicken Little proportions; sparking “end of days” tweets and forum discussions throughout the social mediasphere that has brought on an industry-wide panic akin to Orson Wells’ War of the Worlds live broadcast radio play. Let’s just stop right there and breathe for a moment – turn off the TV, put down that paper and let’s look at some facts… (UPDATED through 2015)

If you’re new to the sUAV (small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial Systems) or “drones” industry and are only reading the headlines today or hearing the rumors and fears of those around you (or on TV) then you probably think that sUAV you bought or were thinking of buying for the holidays is just going to have to sit on the shelf until the FAA gets around to making up the new regulations for the industry.

You might think… but you’d be wrong.

First of all, the FAA can’t make laws – only develop guidelines and regulations. The federal government has no authority whatsoever to regulate the operation of remote-controlled model aircraft.


Let’s back up a little and look at how the FAA has been kicking the can down the road for several years now:



2 Responses to “KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules UPDATED”
  1. I have been shooting video with a DJI phantom for a couple years now in my current job as Director of Marketing for 5 Charlotte area golf courses and have got some interest in doing some video for a few friends that are in real estate and condo management for advertising. So we are looking to start a business locally.
    In your opinion, what would be the best way to go about this?

    Thank you for your help!

    Jason Rockhold, MBA, PGA
    Director of Marketing
    Ratcliffe Golf Services, Inc

  2. Carl Borsing says:

    America, corruption and the almighty dollar

    Yahoos, and crazy Pilots are everywhere just as there’s crazy drivers, bikers etc. Cops, Military personnel Big Business Presidents, have also on occasion proven themselves acting erroneously..
    As a multimedia professional & artist I am often working with various kinds of productions, thus I’m not against certification if it means that I don’t have to put up with uniformed Fascist idiots bothering me just because a client need me for a video or Photography. shoot. I’m of Swedish origin (born, raised and educated) so believe me when I say that I’m allergic to obsessive law makers, especially when it clearly shows that it’s all about protecting established Big movie businesses etc and “regulate” small business financially.. The alleged $10000.00 – $80000.00 Manned Pilot license suggestion and other suggested restrictions is pathetic as it can possibly only come from already FAA “licensed) BIG Companies? What on earth has these insane proposed regulations to do with safety? I paid $2500 for my Swedish drivers license which involved driving on Ice, oil and water sprayed tracks etc, etc and took month to acquire. My US license license on the other hand cost me $5.00 and consisted of reading a small pamphlet for half an hour and that’s despite the fact that some 50000 are killed yearly in traffic accidents. What is wrong with certified “Drones” and “operator” licenses for a oh say $250 fee? You have to prove that you know how to operate your drone, both on paper as well as practically, even manually since electrical radio interference isn’t unheard of.. Personally I’m interested in putting a remotely activated spring loaded parachute on mine..

    Sir Carl

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