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?
To understand where Congress and the FAA are likely headed in regards to drone regulation, we look at public statements of Congressional representatives, the FAA and the drone industry. As these issues are under debated as part of the FAA funding bill, we should know within a few weeks where the regulatory environment is going.
What happened to ultralights? And does this foreshadow what may happen to drones and quadcopters? I lay out a case for what happens next: we are proceeding down a path where regulatory hurdles will do to model aircraft and quadcopters what the FAA did to ultralights (largely killing them off). Read the whole article to see the details.
Uniform Law Commission proposes #drones flying below 200 feet can be declared as trespassing on private property #quadcopters
“A person operating an unmanned aircraft is liable to a landowner or lessee for per se trespass when the person, without consent, intentionally causes the unmanned aircraft to enter into the airspace below 200 feet above the surface of land or below 200 feet above improvements built upon the surface of the land.”
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.”
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.
San Francisco has proposed banning company provided cafeterias and meals as a way to force workers to use independent restaurants. The ban would grandfather existing company meal services but new firms would be prohibited from offering similar services, thereby giving incumbent companies a hiring advantage due to better benefits. Ultimately, its a government mandated subsidy to local restaurants.
More than a quarter million comments submitted to the Food and Drug Administration about flavored vapor products were fake, according to a watchdog group. Source: FDA hit with bot-generated wave of fake comments on flavored vapor products About one half million comments were filed of...