As a Connecticut photojournalist moves forward with legal action against a police department after being suspended for flying a camera-equipped aerial drone, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is publishing information on its website to clarify rules and regulations, or lack thereof.
The FAA sent a Tweet Thursday linking to a post titled “Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft.” The FAA responds to issues ranging from what airspace the federal agency controls to enforcement efforts for those caught flying the drones.
The FAA points out in “Myth #3” that it distinguishes no grey area when it comes to federal aviation rules and regulations. “Anyone who wants to fly an aircraft—manned or unmanned—in U.S. airspace needs some level of FAA approval,” the post said. Of course, we know the FAA recently launched a series of test sites around the country to study how to best authorize commercial drone flights. As for the argument the FAA is behind other countries in regulating and allowing commercial drone flights, “Developing all the rules and standards we need is a very complex task, and we want to make sure we get it right the first time,” the post countered.
You can find the entire post by going to F.A.A. Update: “Busting Myths about the FAA and Unmanned Aircraft.”
Thanks to Richard Edmund, broadcast news reporter and producer
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