We review the Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Regulatory and Legal Developments panel discussion at the NBAA 2014 conference.
NBAA2014 – BUSINESS AVIATION CONVENTION & EXHIBITION
At the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Florida on October 21, 2014, a panel discussion was held titled, “Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Regulatory and Legal Developments.”
The Panel was moderated by Marc Warren of Crowell & Moring LLP. Panel members were: Dean Griffith, FAA; Mario Mairena, AUVSI; Dave Hamrick, MITRE Corporation; and Ted Wierzbanowiski, ASTM standards for sUAS.
In this episode, we bring you selected clips from the first half of the panel discussion.
- Some early history of FAA and ASTM activity.
- The process for providing the FAA with sUAS recommendations.
- The NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) for sUAS that the FAA intends to issue by the end of 2014.
- RF spectrum allocation
- The FAA view of sUAS as aircraft and the plan they have.
- Challenges faced by the FAA to meet the Congressional mandates.
- Next steps the FAA intends to take.
- The COAs issued by the FAA.
- Recreational (hobbyist) vs. commercial use.
- How UAS technology might flow down to manned aviation, particularly General Aviation.
Other topics discussed by the panel that we’ll cover in the future::
- If sUAS flyers should have a pilot’s license.
- Educating UAS pilots.
- Exemptions under Section 333 as a bridging authority.
- Social risks with UAS, like privacy.
- States and local governments enacting anti-UAS laws.
- Is US competitiveness suffering?
- What does the future of UAS (of all sizes) look like?
- Are unmanned commercial passenger or cargo flights in the future?
- Where did the 55 pound line come from?