Is anyone surprised the FAA is delaying UAS test site selection indefinitely?
2012/11/27 Leave a comment
I have to agree completely with the sentiments of Congressman Austria on this issue. The FAA is just dragging its feet. The point of the test sites is to solve the issues of safety and privacy. If these issues were completely worked out, we wouldn’t need test sites–do not pass go, do not collect more appropriations, proceed directly to airspace integration.
The point of the test sites is to work on these issues and give the general, civil, and commercial aviation community time to come to grips that some new craft are going to be joining their previously exclusive community. Delaying the test site selection is the complete wrong approach. The right approach is to begin testing–as most other developed countries already have.
How is privacy even the FAA’s jurisdiction? In all seriousness, I hope that whatever regulations apply to UAS apply to cellphones. I’m a lot more likely to have my privacy invaded through cell phone than through unmanned aircraft.