MAPPS Supports Proposed FAA Rules to Allow Commercial Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb 20, 2015 - MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello issued the following statement about the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) concerning operation and certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS):

"The proposed rules issued by the FAA for the commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will provide considerable potential business applications for MAPPS member firms in the aerial survey profession. According to the FAA, the following are examples of possible small UAS operations that could be conducted under the proposed regulations: Crop monitoring/inspection; Research and development; Educational/academic uses; Power-line/pipeline inspection in hilly or mountainous terrain; Antenna inspections; Aiding rescue operations such as locating snow avalanche victims; Bridge inspections; Aerial photography; and Wildlife nesting area evaluations.


In the past, MAPPS has worked closely with the FAA to enable the commercial use of small UAS (which, as defined by statute, is an unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds) for aerial survey purposes through various mechanisms, such as special airworthiness certificates, exemptions, and certificates of waiver or authorization (COA). MAPPS will continue to support the proposed federal regulations, which will provide for the next phase of integrating small UAS into the national airspace system."

   

MAPPS will provide comments to the FAA concerning the proposed rules, and the association will continue to educate its member firms about operational limitations of small UAS in order to maintain the safety of the national airspace system and ensure that they do not pose a threat to national security.   

 

As a member of a Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) working group advising the FAA on Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) regulations, Palatiello added, "Prompt implementation of the small, line-of-sight UAS rules will help strike the necessary balance between aviation safety and business development, but the next set of rules, governing beyond visual line of sight, need to be developed and implemented as soon as possible as well."

 

MAPPS Aviation Counsel Gregory S. Winton, Esq. said, "MAPPS has made the case that aerial geospatial data acquisition using UAS provides significant societal benefit and is NOT a threat to individual citizen privacy, and should be permitted to operate within a reasonable regulatory framework. It contributes to E911 emergency response and police dispatching systems, precision agriculture, environmental protection, emergency 'blue tarp' surveys to support hurricane response, engineering, transportation and infrastructure, electoral district maps, and many other applications. Geospatial data enables the delivery of critical government services and valuable business applications that citizens are demanding. The proposed FAA rule will enable this profession, which has an exemplary safety record and vast experience in manned aerial operations, to use of UAS safely, effectively and economically."  

 

ABOUT MAPPS

MAPPS is the only national association of firms in the surveying, spatial data and geographic information systems field in the United States. MAPPS member firms are engaged in surveying, photogrammetry, satellite and airborne remote sensing, aerial photography, hydrography, aerial and satellite image processing, GPS and GIS data collection and conversion services. Their associate members include firms that provide products and services to member firms, as well as other firms world-wide. For more information, visit www.mapps.org.  

 

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Gregory S. Winton, Esq.
MAPPS Aviation Special CounselAviation Law Experts, LLC
1997 Annapolis Exchange Parkway
Suite 300
Annapolis, MD 21401

Tel: 301-294-8550

Fax: 301-294-2525

Email: Email Contact  

 

Beth Hawley
MAPPS Communications Manager
703-787-6996

Email Contact

 

 

 




Review Article Be the first to review this article

Featured Video
Jobs
Geographic Information System (GIS) Coordinator for Lassen County Personnel & Risk Management at Susanville, California
Business Analyst - eCommerce for ESRI at Redlands, California
ArcGIS Enterprise Systems Administrator for LOJIC at Louisville, Kentucky
ArcGIS Online Product Engineer for REST API for ESRI at Redlands, California
Back-End Product Engineer - ArcGIS Urban for ESRI at Redlands, California
Upcoming Events
Spectral Sessions at United States - Jan 27, 2021
Coastal GeoTools 2021 at 2234 South Hobson Ave Charleston SC - Feb 8 - 11, 2021
Milipol Asia-Pacific 2021 at Singapore - Mar 23 - 25, 2021
University of Denver GIS Masters Degree Online



© 2021 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
670 Aberdeen Way, Milpitas, CA 95035
+1 (408) 882-6554 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy PolicyAdvertise