Drone Builders Want To Fly Now

 - February 10, 2014, 1:23 PM

The FAA should allow non-military drones access to fly in rural areas now, rather than wait for the agency to complete its broader integration into civil airspace following the rulemaking process, according to the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Drones are too valuable to be kept on the ground and the agency is moving too slowly in creating applicable safety regulations, said AUVSI president Michael Toscano.

In a story first reported in the January 27 edition of The Hill, he urged the FAA to allow limited UAS flying where there is little risk to people on the ground such as around power lines, pipelines and farms. The 2012 FAA reauthorization bill requires the FAA to allow commercial drone flying by 2015, but the agency does not plan to publish the first rule on UAS flying until November this year.