Editor's Log

February 2013 Issue

They’re Heeeere...

As you may recall, the FAA reauthorizing legislation passed last year included new responsibility to regulate unpiloted aerial vehicles, UAVs, commonly called drones. As I discussed in this space in May 2012, the new law requires the FAA “to develop a regulatory framework for larger craft to mix and mingle in the national airspace with the kinds of machines you and I fly. By September 30, 2015, that new set of regulations must be in place, according to Congress, and must allow private operation of UAVs.” But UAVs already are being operated in the national airspace. And they’re already causing problems. A recent search of NASA’s Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) online database for the string “uav” returns 24 reported events. Here are three of them.

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