Draconian Drone bill in Congress is in the works. Is this the end of home-built drones?

A Senate bill to reauthorize the FAA contains provisions related to the manufacture of drones that could apply to home-built drones, as well as those produced by large consumer manufacturers. The bill in question, titled the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016, contains provisions that would have a significant impact on technology innovation by all manufacturers of small drones. With no size or weight threshold, the bill, if adopted, would add new and burdensome manufacturing, testing and approval restrictions to even the tiniest drones.  And, most disturbing, these restrictions could apply to hobby-built remote controlled aircraft or student-built drones, effectively prohibiting them from operating outdoors. The legislation could also retroactively ground already-built models that didn’t meet the manufacturing standards called for by the proposed legislation.


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Comment by Brian Greeson on March 17, 2016 at 7:03pm
Good grief
Comment by Gary McCray on March 17, 2016 at 7:30pm

Sadly there is no end to the stupidity relating to ""DRONES"".

We live in a world governed by idiots where the Senates current obsession is in not doing it's job relating to installing a chief justice and where WC Fields is the leading candidate for President.

I am now absolutely positive I was born on the wrong planet.

Comment by DG on March 17, 2016 at 8:24pm

I don't think either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton look anything like WC Fields. Karl Marx maybe.

Uncle Joe Biden said there should be no Supreme Court justice (John Roberts is still alive) seated during a presidential election year. 

In my book, the less the clowns in Washington do the better off we all are.

Kind of funny how that works isn't it?

Comment by Marc Dornan on March 17, 2016 at 8:44pm

@DG Do you think you can keep your politics out of this. Plenty of other places for for you to vent. (not the original post, which is very topical)

Comment by JB on March 17, 2016 at 11:23pm

MLK once said before they shot him: Evil happens because good people let it...

This is the nature of democracy to let hordes dictate policy through public driven fear. They reap what they sow.

Gary...let me know when you find the wormhole back...I'm coming with! ;-)

Comment by Shawn Schaerer on March 18, 2016 at 7:42am

This will be no different than what medical device and robot manufacturers have to do today to get their products certified to bring to market.

Its just about public safety

Comment by Matt™ on March 18, 2016 at 8:10am
Actually it's about an illusion of public safety... very little relating to real concerns about public safety here.

Comment by Ted Van Slyck on March 18, 2016 at 8:32am
It's a handout to big manufacturers. Boo....
Comment by JB on March 18, 2016 at 9:21am


Public safety is not a concern when it makes money. As they say $$$ make the world turn round.

See smoking (480,000 dead a year), alcohol (80,000 dead a year), cars (32,000 dead 2.2mill injured) and legalized drugs etc, but hobby grade drones zip.

Regulatory certification is typically another name for monopolization. 

Comment by Jimmy Oliver on March 18, 2016 at 10:02am

You can arrest me if you like. My 3D printer and I will keep going.


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