Gary at sUAS News reports:

"sUAS News recently asked FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Peggy Gilligan about the First Person View flight undertaken in New York by Austrian Raphael Pirker.

As Associate Administrator, Ms. Gilligan leads the organization responsible for setting, overseeing, and enforcing safety standards for all parts of the aviation industry – airlines, manufacturers, repair stations, pilots, mechanics, air traffic controllers, and any person or product that operates in aviation. These programs have a direct impact on every facet of domestic and international civil aviation safety.

We are very grateful that Ms Gilligan took the time to answer, heres what she said.

“This event remains under investigation by FAA as well as by some law enforcement organizations in the NYC area.  We do intend to notify the operator of the investigation — although I understand he is not a US citizen and we believe he is not in the US”

It will be interesting to see which particular rules may or may not have been broken during Trappys flight."

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Comment by Jared S on February 7, 2011 at 2:10pm
Rules are no fun. Safety is an illusion. Lets have less rules and more fun!
Comment by Duane Brocious on February 7, 2011 at 2:18pm

Unless he did this for profit, the only thing the FAA can hang their hat on is AC 91-57. I wonder if (after 30 years) they will remember that the AC is not mandatory and that the AMA let the FAA know that the AMA and its members will ignore the AC and make up their own rules.
Yes, this guy was a jerk. No, the FAA has no grounds to do anything unless they suddenly want to persecute him for doing what the AMA has been doing for 30 years (IE: ignoring AC 91-57).
The only entity that can do anything is NYC if they have applicable laws in place. The FAA currently has no rules for recreational sUAS, they are not even into NPRM yet.

Comment by Mathew krawczun on February 7, 2011 at 2:46pm

sorry jared that thought prosses doesn't really work in the real world, the best way to go is to find a middle ground but that always takes away to work itself out. 

Comment by Robert Krogh (hooks) on February 7, 2011 at 2:49pm
Gary old Gary! Zzzz.
Comment by Gary Evans on February 7, 2011 at 3:27pm

The flight was not done under the auspices of AC 91-57 and could therefore be subject to FAR's. If so it was in violation of Newark Liberty International Airport Class B airspace and the Hudson River /East River Exclusion Special Flight Rules Area. Additional the city park that was used for launch prohibits aircraft of any type.

Perfect timing while the FAA is finalizing the new small UAV regulations.  

Comment by I.S. on February 7, 2011 at 3:39pm

It's funny FAA discussing about the safety of the flight over NYC, while the next post announces the first flight of the X-47B (aka the killer drone).

Someone missing the point here?

Ok, ok; I know that the latter one is supposed to be designed to kill the bad guys and so on.

I don't want to start any war-pacifist nor any kind of politics discussion here (that's not my intention and this is not the place), but I cannot avoid feeling weird about that.

Comment by Paul Marsh on February 7, 2011 at 3:41pm
"Gary old Gary! Zzzz."  Explain please, or inside joke?
Comment by Hamish on February 7, 2011 at 3:49pm

LOL at all the old folk that run countries who have no idea what to do when new stuff arises.


Also MAAAJOR lolz at some random foreigner stirring up the hornets nest in someone else's country xD


However it would be a real shame if they were to clamp down too hard, since it will affect genuinely passionate and intellegent people.  I hope they realise the positive impact and potential of civilian UAV's !

Comment by Rory Paul on February 7, 2011 at 3:52pm
All I can say is Trappy has really bad timing...all he had to do was wait a few months to pull his stunt legally or illegally. Now the delinquent will sit in Austria and smugly smile at us and we will be left wondering if his stunt was a straw that broke the camels back.
Comment by T.D. Gonzales on February 7, 2011 at 4:06pm

Well he might end up being banned from the US. Just like that brit kid who got drunk and called the white house to give the POTUS a piece of his mind. Although that might not suck too bad for Trappy. 


This is why I like places way out in the middle of nowhere. 

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