30 Jul '14, 7pm

Scholars Say No to FAA's Model Aircraft Regulations

Scholars Say No to FAA's Model Aircraft Regulations

Last week, a group of researchers, teachers, and administrators from 16 institutions of higher learning including Harvard, Duke, and Stanford, registered their objections to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's recent “Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft .” They did that by submitting, with the assistance of counsel, a 13-page letter in response to the FAA’s request for public comments. These academicians are upset, in large part, because the FAA’s rules for model aircraft have been making it increasingly difficult for them to incorporate hands-on activities into their research and instruction. That’s because having their students design, build, and fly model aircraft (such as quadrotors and other kinds of small, low-altitude drone) the way countless hobbyists do is forbidden by the FAA’s prohibition on the use of model aircraft for anything that is...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/aerial-robots...

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