Congressman who oversees FAA being investigated by FAA for wedding drone photography

Well this is a delightful bit of irony. 

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) decided to capture the excitement of his June 21 wedding day on video using a drone, even though the commercial use of remotely controlled vehicles is still restricted by the FAA, which Maloney oversees on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Aviation Subcommittee.

Maybe this will help our cause.  A congressman with authority over the FAA now has first hand experience with the FAA's incompetent and delayed handling of this issue.  This 2lb toy with a camera could have taken down a loaded 747 hovering there 30ft above ground next to the giant brick church.  Clearly this is a danger to the NAS, much like surveying corn husks.

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Comment by Gary McCray on July 17, 2014 at 10:22am

You know on this site we are supposed to avoid political issues.

How do you avoid political issues when you ARE the political issue.

I wonder if the general public has any idea of how badly the FAA is screwing this whole thing up.

They are a completely out of control juggernaut (with delusions of grandeur). 

Comment by Jared O. on July 17, 2014 at 10:28am

The FAA feels like such a joke these days. I can't imagine any commercial airliners would be flying through the airspace where this little drone was hovering. We really need some limits to what the FAA can claim as their jurisdiction.

Comment by Muhammad Al-Rawi on July 17, 2014 at 11:26am

Hahahaha. This made my day. 

Comment by Jesse on July 17, 2014 at 11:53am

Well isn't that ironic.

Comment by ikrase on July 17, 2014 at 12:58pm
You gotta be kidding me.
Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on July 17, 2014 at 1:23pm

Ah, the 1%ers...

Comment by John Moore on July 17, 2014 at 4:10pm

This is great. 

Comment by Chris Card on July 17, 2014 at 6:24pm


This may turn into something like an Ouroboros ... with multiple bureaucrats.

Comment by Darrell Burkey on July 17, 2014 at 6:42pm

And it's flying in an unsafe manner over a crowd as well! 

Comment by Scott Penrose on July 17, 2014 at 7:55pm

Did they charge? Could this have been just a hobby person. Could backfire trying to use these things for our cause. BTW. What is NAS apart from Network Attached Storage - tried google some american term that I didn't get?


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