I'm trying to:
1. Find the bill that Obama signed into law on Tuesday
2. Decipher the BS contained in the new law (there is sure to be some) and see what it says.
This may (or may not) be the bill in question:
This is specifically the language in the bill (whether or not my link above is the correct bill) that I'm looking to read over and study:
Reason: Under certain legal stipulations, and depending on contractual agreements, my company qualifies to provide services as a 'First Responder.'
Bulldog Investigations & Security
This is the smallest available unit that I know of
K State has flown it already
Internet radar is slightly delayed so would not be all that useful.
Does anyone really think the FAA WON'T require at least a $97 dollar unit that would allow UAVs to avoid passenger planes?
What do you think a judge would say if you told him that you thought a $97 unit that could have prevented some sort of crash was too expensive or too hard to implement?
I think the prosecutor would paint you as a dangerous madman with a reckless disregard for public safety who cobbled together some sort of substandard flying death machine.
I'm just trying to stir up a little interest in staying ahead of the regulation curve. I'd like to be ready when the regulations come out and it's definitely on my plate, but it will take awhile to develop, test, implement, and prove a system like this.
Personally, I think $100 would be cheap legal insurance in terms of the overall cost of a UAV. Even if it didn't meet whatever regs come out it would still prove at least an attempt at safety, and you could certainly claim that you reasonably believed it would prevent the possibility of an accident.
It would be the difference between reckless endangerment and simple liability with a non-fatal crash. Or manslaughter vs reckless endangerment if someone died.
These ADS-B units seem almost a requirement for medium sized UAS that fly any significant distance from the GCS. It seems a little overkill for small UAS that operate in airspace not normally used by manned aircraft such as between buildings and at low altitude.
This (the FAA Reauthorization Bill) seems to permit privately owned small UAS to fly. I wonder if that means one could use it to monitor the fence along the perimeter of a large cow pasture that you own or if since the cows are part of a business that would be a commercial application.
I understand there is something coming from the FAA (regulations?) dealing with "small UAS." I guess we'll know more once that is published. I believe it is expected sometime this year. Anyone know more?