Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Maine man wants Federal Aviation Administration to change UAV regulations

NORWAY, Maine —A Norway man is leading a petition, asking the Federal Aviation Administration to change its newest interpretation regarding UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Many people confuse UAVs with drones, according to Edward Lyons of Norway.

Lyons is the CEO of FPV America, a company that works with UAVs or multi-rotor copters.

He said rules enforced by the FAA in late June have shut down his business before it was really able to take off.

UAVs are different than drones because a drone is used for military tactical purposes for surveillance and war. Lyons said UAVs are consumer electronics available widely to anybody.

The FAA published a Federal Register notice on its interpretation of special rules for model aircraft that were instated in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

Basically, it specified that UAV fliers can't make money off of their copters, can't let their copters out of their line of sight, and those flying the copters would have to call their local airport tower to let them know they'd be flying them.
 

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