Gene and Trappys lawyer Brendan Schulman will be talking to Patrick on todays sUAS News podcast at 1330 PST.  Call in to ask any questions. It will be available to download from the link below after the show as well.

This is what they will be talking about.


Pursuant to Rule 15(a) of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and 49 U.S.C. § 46110,Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team (“Texas EquuSearch”), RPSearch Services Inc. and Eugene Robinson, hereby respectfully petition this Court for review of an order issued to them on February 21,  2014, by the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”).

A copy of the order is attached as Exhibit 1 (the “Order”).

The FAA’s Order commands Petitioners to cease all use of radio control model aircraft in connection with their volunteer,  unpaid search-and-rescue efforts on behalf of the families of missing persons.

The Order declares in no uncertain terms that such operations are “illegal” and demands that Petitioners    “stop immediately.”

Download the full petition TES-v-FAA

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Comment by Gary McCray on April 22, 2014 at 1:46pm

I wish you the best possible outcome with your filing.

To me it is extremely sad how little the FAA feels obligated to abide by its own rules and regulations or their own actual legal responsibilities, but seems to feel instead that they are a giant federal institution entitled to do and say what ever they want and to simply trample on the rights of the citizens however they see fit.

Realistic regulations are needed, but in leiu of them it is not acceptable to simply trample peoples rights and make them do whatever it is you feel they ought to be doing.

The FAA has very simply been behaving like an out of control bully operating with no legal justification at all for their actions.

This has got to change.

Comment by Rob Dunbar on April 22, 2014 at 1:56pm

Gene, Patrick and Brendan, Thanks for the work you guys are doing. I started to get into RC Aerial photography in early 2007 just before the FAA policy came out. I like Patrick thought this would be resolved in months. Unfortunately this is the only way to get the FAA to move. I've seen the comment before it is sad how the FAA is spending so much resources to appeal Trappy's case vs working to come out with rules. 7 years is way to long.

Comment by Hugues on April 22, 2014 at 2:10pm

We can only feel humble and admirative listening to the story of that man, founder of Equusearch. Respect.

Let's hope justice will prevail and will once again defeat FAA in its abusive freedom repression drift .

Comment by Harry on April 22, 2014 at 4:10pm

I'm all for regulation, regulation of government.  Think about that every time you say "they" must do something.  

Comment by John Smith on April 22, 2014 at 4:42pm

I am grateful to Gene, RP Flight Systems and Texas Equusearch for stepping up and into the batters box for this fight. Unfortunately it is a fight that needs to be fought with the FAA. They have procrastinated till the "Cows have come home" and now that a judge stepped in and has made a ruling they cry foul and start the wringing their hands saying the skies, people and property will be unsafe. It seems they are purposely trying to insight fear and ill will towards anything that flies other than a commercial, military or private aircraft. (passenger carrying) Not being able to make up their collective minds about what an RC plane is or isn't seems to be the ledge they are trying to secure and it is a slippery one at best. RC planes have been doing this stuff on so many fronts for so many years already and blind eyes have been cast on them till now.

The whole thing boils down to the FAA not getting off their collective butts and doing the job back when they said they would. Now they have an escalated situation on their hands and it only gets uglier from here on in.

Comment by Harry on April 22, 2014 at 5:14pm

The FAA could ease their own pain by saying it's not their problem below 400 feet and so many miles from an airport and leave it up to each State.  

Comment by John Smith on April 22, 2014 at 5:32pm

I like that idea too.

Comment by Gary McCray on April 22, 2014 at 5:58pm

Hi  Monroe, I agree that eventually it is going to have to be handled by the FAA and that is in principle just fine.

The sad fact is that what they have been doing in practice without the actual legislation to back them up simply amounts to abuse of power.

And that does not bode well for future hopes that they might be expected to behave fairly or rationally.

They seem to be operating under the same level of reason, logic and legal justification used by the Somali Pirates that tried to Hijack Captain Philips.

Comment by Allen Merrell on April 22, 2014 at 6:34pm

Gary I agree. It does at this point look like abuse of power probably being dictated to the FAA by upper level government. Our government uses drones and I feel that a lot of the technology behind the ones they use was borrowed from the drone community they are now attacking. Are they now becoming paranoid of the people they have stolen there technology from. Now I don't think it is safe flying around over a large number of people you never know what can happen.

Comment by Gary McCray on April 22, 2014 at 6:47pm

Hi Allen,

Yes there are stupid and or inexperienced people who are using them irresponsibly and in the long run that is certainly what we need legal enforceable regulations to protect everybody from.

It's just that in the short term the FAA itself is acting with extreme irresponsibility by trying to bully everybody into behaving the way it wants without any reasonable legal backup.

You don't fix one problem by producing an even bigger one.

Dumb and Dumberer!


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