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Regulatory Update: Recreational sUAS in Controlled Airspace

Recreational drone with pilot.

By Brandon Guillot, RPC, MAS

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a new directive on May 16, 2019 that directly affects all recreational  sUAS nationwide. Under this new directive, all recreational sUAS must receive authorization from the FAA prior to flying in any controlled airspace. The FAA divides the National Airspace System (NAS) into different Classes (or types) of airspace in order to prevent a “loss of separation” (or collision) between two aircraft at any given time. Under this new directive, specific authorization from the FAA must be given for Class B, C, D, and E surface areas near busy airports. Read more

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Toy or Tool: How Are We Representing What We Fly?

sUAS in the air

By Brandon Guillot, RPC, MAS

A common way that I open presentations to manned pilots, airport personnel, and other decision makers is to point out that the Federal Aviation Administration has classified sUAS as “aircraft” as of 2012. While this sometimes brings out skepticism or laughs, it helps to point out that this classification allows the FAA to have control over the regulation, certification, and even protection of these aircraft.

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