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Appeals court strikes down portion of FAA drone rule


By: Georgia Farm Bureau
5/31/2017 12:09:30 PM


In a May 19 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule requiring registration of drones used for recreation in violation of federal law.

A three-judge panel ruled that the FAA's 2015 rule requiring registration of unmanned aircraft was in direct violation of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which forbids the FAA from issuing a rule or regulation regarding model aircraft.

The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) expressed concern about the decision.

"Agricultural aircraft used to treat crops, fight fires and combat health-threatening pests, such as mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus and other deadly diseases, consistently operate at the same low altitudes as drones," the NAAA said in a public statement. "As such, agricultural aviators are deeply concerned about their ability to fly safely in air space where pilots could encounter any unmanned aircraft, be it commercial or otherwise."

The NAAA noted that the registration requirement presented an opportunity to educate the public about the hazards of careless drone operations.

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