Category: Policy

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AOPA reports that the FAA is expected to charge fees to fly #drones #quadcopters #modelaircraft

AOPA sees government fees for future drone flying, certainly for commercial operations but also likely for recreational flyers depending on their locations. We may know more within 6 months. Additionally, mandatory beacon ID/transponders likely to be required for model aircraft, depending on where they are flown; hopefully areas including Class G airspace will be exempt.

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Possible future #drones regulation

If Democrats regain control of Congress, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will likely become head of the House transportation committee with oversight of the FAA. He appears to favor strong regulation of all model aircraft operations in the United States. What impact is this likely to have on model aviation or consumer drone/quadcopter activities?

Microsoft CEO on topic of government regulation

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the issue of government regulation: ” instead of us trying to govern the government and its users, it’s better for governments, especially in democracies, to have a clear set rules on what’s the right use of some of these technologies.”

Help protect model aircraft hobby and access to flight for all

The FAA and a few members of Congress want to remove the law, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama, that insures that hobbyists can continue to fly model aircraft. The threat is real. The consequences, as detailed in one my posts, below, are heavy handed regulation that may de facto end the model aircraft hobby.

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