photo of Independence Day displayHi all –

Thanks for all the kind words and positive comments about Part 107: The Sum Of Its Parts. Gratifying and greatly appreciated.

Reactions to Part 107 are beginning to roll in. People get it. They understand that Part 107 is going to be good for the drone business.

Part 107 and the Year Ahead – Seriously presents Measure’s view of 107’s business impact. It reminded me of a very old Apple ad that also predicted the future.

Kespry And The Value Of An Integrated UAV+Data Solution is an interview with CEO Paul Doersch whose company is well positioned to benefit from the new rule.

Why Saying ‘No’ Must Become A UAV Best Practice takes a look at how the traditional manned pilot in command regulations transfer to this new generation of remote pilot airman. Special thanks to Jonathan Rupprecht for his assistance.

From Droneii in Germany comes Drone Business Development Guide 2016. It’s short and sweet but suggests many of the topics necessary for a business plan. Perfect if you know anyone who is ready to dive in.

There is praise and appreciation for the ability to inspect structures over 400’ tall. Not sure who lobbied for it or how it came to be, but it definitely meets the real world needs of a number of industries.

What went largely unnoticed is that Part 107 “will also allow the intrastate transportation of property for compensation or hire…” AKA Delivery. This leaves the door open for further regulations as needed. Take a look at Part 107 Doesn’t Deliver Yet for some comments about organized labor’s position on this.

Predictably most folks looked at where Part 107 fell short.

Under good news/bad news there is no insurance requirement. The FAA notes that they “do not have jurisdiction to require small UAS operations subject to this rule to obtain insurance coverage. Similarly, OST [Office of Secretary of Transportation] also lacks authority to impose liability insurance requirements on small UAS operations covered by this rule because those operations do not rise to the level of air transportation.”

Note that this does not preclude customers or other jurisdictions from demanding proof of coverage, nor does it remove the operator from liability, indeed “the Department emphasizes that remote pilots who offer these types of services are responsible for the operation, and could be held liable for any injury or damage that could result.”

BVLOS is of course top of mind for many – though one has to wonder if everyone understands the cost and complexity associated with implementing a program using current technology. There are promising technologies that someday could help solve the problem and reduce costs.

Fighter Pilot No Match For A.I. Ace looks at the amazing abilities of ALPHA which uses a genetic fuzzy tree to make decisions so fast that a highly decorated fighter pilot can’t beat it. Seems like a solution to sense and avoid.

When Your Car Makes Up Your Mind looks at the ethical issues of programming AI for an autonomous vehicle. This suggests that it shouldn’t be hard to program a drone to sacrifice itself to spare an aircraft, humans or even property.

Sadly, sometimes innovation comes at a price.

Thursday the NHTSA announced that they are opening an investigation into a fluke crash in which a Tesla S went under a tractor trailer shearing off the greenhouse. Investigation Into Possible Tesla Autopilot Fatality looks at what we know and the implications of broad scale implementation of autonomous vehicle technology. Not hard to connect the dots.

A lot of interest in the Waiver Process. Kind of a split between people wondering exactly how it will work, and those assuming that their every wish will be granted. (NOT)

Maybe the toughest grade is for the way Part 107 didn’t deal with Privacy. The general reaction is that the FAA punted. For their part the FAA seems to agree, saying that this is not in their charter. So it will be up to the state and local governments which will quickly take us into a discussion of who controls the airspace over my head.

Michigan Bill To Ban Loaded Drones interviews a state legislator who is trying to put state prosecutors in position to do what he doesn’t think the FAA will do  – prosecute people operating armed drones.

While not directly related to Privacy, Bad PR Blazing Out Of Control is another ugly chapter in the continuing problems firefighters are having with drones grounding tanker operations, this time in Utah. The headline here is that pilots are refusing
to fly.

The winner of this weeks Eye Candy Tag Award is Google. Nothing 700 Trillion Pixels Won’t Improve looks at how they have completely remapped Google Earth using high resolution Landsat 8 images.

Meanwhile sensible people are still calling for the House and the Senate to get their act together and pass the Reauthorization Bill. And so life in
Wonderland continues.

Thanks for reading and for sharing. Have a bang-up Fourth.


Christopher Korody
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