Safety, Not "Fast Delivery", Should Be No. 1 Priority in Integrating Drones Into Airspace
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September 9 , 2019 - for generalaviationnews.com
Safety for manned aircraft, not commercial expediency, must be the priority for FAA officials as they consider an application for exemptions from Amazon regarding package deliveries by unmanned aerial systems (UAS), according to officials with the Experimental Aircraft Association.
EAA made these points, and more, in formal comments in response to Amazon's petition that requested relief from certain rules to conduct deliveries by UAS, commonly known as drones.
The exemption would allow Amazon additional freedom to operate below 400′ above ground level (AGL) without the line-of-sight observation requirements for drone operations.
"There is an asymmetrical challenge to safety as UAS flights are integrated into the national airspace, as the priority must be preventing hazards to people in the event of a collision over threats to unmanned machinery," said Sean Elliott, EAA's vice president of advocacy and safety.
"EAA is not opposed to integrating unmanned systems into the airspace...
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