The flying robot equality bill aims to end prejudice inside heavily segregated FAA airspace, among other things.

From The Washington Post:

"The FAA is also required under the bill to provide military, commercial and privately-owned drones with expanded access to U.S. airspace currently reserved for manned aircraft by Sept. 30, 2015. That means permitting unmanned drones controlled by remote operators on the ground to fly in the same airspace as airliners, cargo planes, business jets and private aircraft.

Currently, the FAA restricts drone use primarily to segregated blocks of military airspace, border patrols and about 300 public agencies and their private partners. Those public agencies are mainly restricted to flying small unmanned aircraft at low altitudes away from airports and urban centers."

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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on February 6, 2012 at 5:25pm

Well that seems unexpected!

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Comment by Sky Monkey on February 6, 2012 at 7:31pm

What? Government agencies supporting UAVs?  It could happen... NOT!  Check the following

Dvorak posted this without really providing any provenance:

Lots more here:

With no source documentation, these could be totally phony; you decide.

Comment by Earl on February 6, 2012 at 9:21pm

I don't believe it yet.


Comment by Ellison Chan on February 6, 2012 at 10:03pm

Sky Monkey, is this the same Dvorak that was writing articles for Byte Magazine, back in the day, along with Steve Ciarcia, the other Steve?

It'll be interesting to see, if this bill passes.  

Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 6, 2012 at 10:12pm

What nobody is mentioning is if the funding is approved and very importantly the FAA have been told they have until Sept 2015 to show HOW not actually start. Detect sense and avoid is still very much an issue. Just look at the hype generated before Christmas about rules by January, at sUAS News we are taking the view that this is yet more vendor calming patter. The important real start point is the NPRM when that happens you will have 90 days to make your voices heard. Patrick and I hope for April/May for that.

Comment by Mark Harrison on February 6, 2012 at 10:56pm

Ellison, you're probably thinking of PC Magazine... Dvorak never wrote for Byte.  It does seem to be him... Wiki links to the site as his home page.

Comment by Ellison Chan on February 6, 2012 at 11:01pm

Yes, but didn't Dvorak.  I seem to recall that he wrote articles for Byte too.  Anyways, that was longer than my memory can serve me. ;-)  I guess Dvorak is a common name, since there's even a keyboard name that, no doubt invented by a Dvorak.

Comment by Jack Crossfire on February 7, 2012 at 12:37am

No gay UAV marriage?

Comment by Dano on February 7, 2012 at 9:59am

A sticking point - Unions for the UAV's ;)

Comment by Rory Paul on February 7, 2012 at 1:29pm

some news to lift the spirits....but then again I have been at this long enough to know the light at the end of the tunnel us usually the FAA freight train towing the defense industry big boys..


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