There is a family of frequently asked questions at Hobby Express that center around information on current and future regulations of radio controlled aircraft. Because we can trace our legacy back more than 50 years in this hobby, we have witnessed a lot of change. As a manufacturer and developer of hobby aircraft, our subject matter expertise is substantial, but we also have friends like James Mackler, a Nashville based attorney at Frost Brown Todd LLC. James focuses his practice on advising businesses on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), more commonly known as “drones”. He works with clients on various regulatory and compliance elements of drone usage across a spectrum of industries including agriculture, real estate, construction, video production, entertainment, surveying, and the military and government agencies. He provided this most current insight into the status of FAA regulations:
“On November 21, 2015, the FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force (RTF) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) released its much anticipated Task Force Recommendations and Final Report. Having read the report, I have created a hypothetical example of how the registration process might appear to UAS operators along with an example of a Registration Certificate. This is all purely hypothetical but is based on the task force recommendations.”
The process is expected to be simple. Safety is always a shared concern. Hobby Express is excited about the technical progress, ease of flight and less expensive aircraft that a hobbyist, student or educational institution has access to today. There is an explosion of new capabilities, including sensor systems and safety applications that Hobby Express wants to help put into practice. We think it is important for the development of commercial applications that the FAA to take a leadership role. In that light, these appear to be some prudent steps.
Obviously, the .55 lb definition of a micro aircraft will not impact the little drones and airplanes you’ll see as great gifts around the Christmas tree.