Don't mess with Texas Equusearch


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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  • If you don't think that there are palms being greased behind closed doors so that "regulations" favor certain groups or individuals, then you haven't been in the US for the last 6 years. Say what you want, bureaucrats and politicians are always open to "persuasion." 

  • No question some corporations, e.g. photo/filming companies with life-size helicopters, have been pressuring the FAA to stop model based aerial filming. Lost cause in the long run  imho, but they have been, and still are, at it.

  • Further proof that despite your long winded repetitive and sometimes insulting rants, you don't know as much as you think. If you think $$ is going to flow to steer regulation the way certain private corporations or individuals want it, you're delusional.  That's how it ALWAYS works.

  • I have said this before and it was echoed earlier in another post. This isn't completely about safety. It is about shoving the small guy out in favor of large corporate entities. The "regulation" will place the cost of licenses and such so high that they will be completely out of reach for anyone EXCEPT large corporations. Screw 'em. I'm still flying.

  • What's most pathetic is that they are so far behind, and so useless, that they use the media to find their cases and arbitrarily enforce some of what sticks out regardless of circumstances.

  • Thanks for your comments, everyone.

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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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