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The FAA’s Drone Dilemma: The Need for Regulation vs. Liberal Licensing

09/14/2015

Perhaps no issue has drawn as much attention to the Federal Aviation Administration in recent months as its much anticipated final regulations for small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, expected in the early part of 2017. The FAA is faced with a difficult road ahead in this arena: it must implement a workable regulatory system in the face of ever-increasing pressure from various industries eager to utilize this cutting edge technology without the inconveniences of complex government intervention or threat of an FAA enforcement action. This  challenge is highlighted by the FAA’s recent release of a number of pilot reports of UAS encounters with manned aircraft (approximately two sightings per day), many of which have required evasive action, and the FAA’s update to guidance for hobby and recreational users of UAS.

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