“We are part of a new era in aviation, and the potential for unmanned aircraft will make it safer and easier to do certain jobs, gather information and deploy disaster relief,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a press release about the new rules.
There is nowhere you can find the curious and circuitous back-story to this historic announcement, except in a new non-fiction book scheduled to be released July 28 2016: Enter the Drones, The FAA and UAVs in America, written by AIN senior editor Bill Carey.
Although civil applications of UAVs date back to the 1990s, Carey focuses on the emergence of unmanned aircraft as a civil and commercial phenomenon in the U.S. following the passage of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. And while Enter the Drones is not a history of the military use of unmanned aircraft, for which there are other books, Carey readily includes military UAV developments that relate to their commercial use.
Enter the Drones, The FAA and UAVs in America should be required reading for anyone involved in or considering becoming involved in the UAV industry, and certainly for people in manned aviation, as well. After all, the commercial use of drones isn’t coming; it’s already here. I can also imagine Enter the Drones being used as a college textbook and as the basis for discussion topics at UAV and other conferences.