FAA stresses its authority to integrate, enforce UAS operations

FAA stresses its authority to integrate, enforce UAS operations

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Michael P HuertaUS: Post the decision by National Transportation Safety Board judge in the Huerta vs Pirker case, at a US Chamber of Commerce Procurement Council Meeting, Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta reinforced his agency’s role in regulating the integration of unmanned aircraft and hinted that some commercial uses of the systems could come sooner than expected.

He said the FAA is working to debunk a lot of myths related to unmanned aircraft, including the argument that they do not fall under the definition of aircraft. He clarified, “whether UAVs are being used for recreational, hobby, business or commercial purposes, unmanned aircraft fall clearly under the definition of aircraft in US law.”

He, however, refused to comment at length regarding the agency’s appeal against the decision and reiterated that because the decision is under appeal, the enforcement against the commercial use of UAS remains unchanged.

Source: AUVSI