Wayne Garris passed along this important update on the FAA UAV rulemaking process and what you can do to ensure that we amateurs continue to have a safe and lightly regulated place in the sky. (Short form: contact Robert Blair below and express your support for the creation of a new organization to represent amateur and small commercial UAV operators)
"Just giving everyone an update. Scott McKinnie and I had what we believe was a successful trip to DC. We believe that we can achieve an exemption long before the FAA makes rules and that is encouraging. Attached is a summary of the trip, the “Guidelines” for the exemption, FAA certification summary, FAA AC91-57 on model airplanes, FAA UAS rules, an explanation for the exemption, and most importantly a “Call to Action” to create a national organization focused on UAS for Natural Resource Management.
Scott and I opened the door and started the ball rolling, but we need your help now. Please forward any or all of the documents to customers or anyone else that you believe would benefit by creating this organization. If you have further questions please contact me. Thank you for your time and I hope to gain your support.
15401 Blair Hollow Lane
Kendrick, ID 83537
He also provide several helpful background documents:
--Call to Action
--FAA Certification Summary
--DC Trip Recap
--THE NEED FOR AN EXEMPTION FROM FAA RULES GOVERNING UAS OPERATIONS
--FAA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
--"UAVs are Coming" (a 2006 article on the problem of UAVs in the US ...
--GUIDELINES FOR UAS EXEMPTION FOR NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
--FAA Advisory Circular 91-57 on Model Airplanes (original 1981 FAA r...