Image: Flickr/Hans Age MartinsenDrone hobbyists, prospective commercial drone operators, and even model aircraft old-schoolers are looking at Monday’s Federal Aviation Administration action, in which the FAA tries to greatly restrict hobby drone flights and asserts its authority to ban commercial drones, as a declaration of war on the hobby they love. How bad is it? The nation’s largest model aircraft group, which has existed longer than the FAA itself and has partnered with the FAA on proposed drone rules, just blasted the agency’s guidance, saying it threatens the entire hobby, from quadcopters to WWI replica biplanes.The Academy of Model Aeronautics, itself disliked by many newer drone pilots, absolutely slammed the FAA in a press release issued last night. That’s no small thing: The AMA has more than 165,000 members in all states and has more than 2,400 flying clubs around the country. The guidance “threatens to destroy a wholesome and enriching activity enjoyed by a vast cross-section of our society,” the AMA said
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Amazon drones aren’t taking off anytime soon — at least not until the Federal Aviation Administration says otherwise
On Monday, in a document inviting public comment on drone policy, the FAA clarified that delivering packages using a drone isn’t legal
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The agency didn’t mention Amazon in the document specifically. But the FAA seemed to suggest that Amazon — like every other business — falls under its regulations which, they say, already prohibits the commercial use of drones.
Amazon, though, was unmoved. This “has no effect on our plans,” said Paul Misener, Vice President of Global Public Policy for Amazon. “This is about hobbyists and model aircrafts, not Amazon
Drone deliveries are strictly commercial, the FAA says.Once again, the Federal Aviation Administration has reaffirmed its policy on drones: for hobbyists only.Read Full Story
In a document seeking feedback on new drone policies, the FAA indicated that it does not want unmanned aircraft “delivering packages to people for a fee.” Even if a company doesn’t collect a fee—as Amazon has proposed—drone deliveries count as commercial activity, the agency says. And that’s against the rules.Read more.