August, 2014 – FAA ruling jeopardizes future of America’s commercial UAS industry
The FAA filed a potentially legally binding “Interpretation of the Special Rule on Model Aircraft” in the Federal Register. This filing poses a significant risk to the UAS industry as it severely impacts the research and commercialization activities of all its participants. If it remains unchallenged, it will create a mandatory keyhole through which the entire commercial UAV and UAS sector will be forced to pass, and the FAA will hold the exclusive key.
On August 22, 2014, the UAS America Fund, in coordination with four other UAS industry companies, filed a legal challenge to the FAA’s interpretation in federal court via a Petition for Review. The Petition can be viewed here, and our Press Release can be viewed here.
Broad industry backing will continue to be extremely helpful. If you or your organization want to assist with this effort, we are seeking support by way of three different options, detailed in the summary of the petition program document here.