Legal Framework part 1

Dear friends,

Although only five months young, dronologista blog has grown and needs a new attire.

As of 1st of September, dronologista.com moves to a new hosting, new address and slightly changes the appearance . Content will remain the same, and dronologista will continue to provide information about non-military drones only.

Enjoy!

Legal Framework part 1

A couple of weeks ago, US federal judge dismissed the fine imposed by the FAA against a commercial drone operator. Although FAA will appeal to the ruling, the decision is a cornerstone event that will shape the future of commercial drone operations in the US and worldwide. It is a recognition that commercial drones are new reality, and that existing legal framework has to be adjusted to accommodate it.

But how does the legal framework look like at the moment?

United States

In 2012, US Congress ordered FAA to craft rules to safely integrate drones into U.S. skies by 2015. It is expected that some drone operations will be allowed by then, and the rest will be phased into the system over a longer period. Currently, FAA bans commercial drones, but the ban is not very effective, since they were used to film scenes in the Martin Scorsese-directed movie “The Wolf of Wall Street” for example. Agency is issuing permits for commercial drones on case-by-case basis, although, none was issued by now. In the ‘Roadmap for Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS)’ issued at the end of 2013, FAA presents a detailed, phased approach for drones integration by 2026. Also, there is a comprehensive plan to safely accelerate the integration of civil UAS into the national airspace system.

More details you can find on FAA web page, here and here (both documents are PDF)

Next post will be about the legal framework that covers civilian application of UAV in European Union, and its member states.

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