MAPPS Steps Up For UAVs

MAPPS Steps Up For UAVs

Posted by Mike Anderson_5 on Dec 12, 2014 8:38 pm

Did everyone read what MAPPS executive director John Palatiello had to say to the National Conference of State Legislatures today? Any thoughts? John went to bat for the profession, urging the states to get onboard with legislation that will allow UAV/UAS use. Read more here:

Re: MAPPS Steps Up For UAVs

Posted by MLB on Dec 13, 2014 12:53 pm

Several agencies have been pushing the FAA. But they are sticking with 2017 as the release date for the new UAV/UAS "guidelines".  Bureaucracies are under different rules than legislators. Legislators can author bills, pass them and read them later. Tech companies often take the same approach to their documentation. But regulatory agencies (excluding the EPA with predjudice) methodically test their theses to hopefully avoid future embarrassment. Regulations are the progeny of legislation. It is far easier to write a law than it is to interpret that law. (Read any fool can make a rule.) Articulating regulations to end users is a tricky business. Criticism abounds, compliments are as hen's teeth. That is not to say this is not a participitory process. Agencies typically seek feedback before they act. Some results are better than others. It is always something of a crapshoot ultimately reflecting the bias of the author.

But MAPPS is doing the right thing. They need to be supported.