AUVSI Weighs In On UAS Registration
The Official Statement From AUVSI on U.S. Court of Appeals Decision on UAS Registration.
Last week the U.S. Courts of Appeal made headlines with the release of their final decision regarding UAS registration. First, let’s discuss how the case began. John Taylor, a model aircraft hobbyist from the D.C., area, wanted to operate his model aircraft without registering or complying with the new FAA flight restrictions. Taylor felt that the FAA had the statutory authority to issue the Registration Rule and filed petitions to challenge. According to Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, “Taylor is right.”
The court argued that the drone registration database violates 2012’s FAA Modernization and Reform Act.
“The FAA’s Registration Rule violates Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act. We grant Taylor’s petition for review of the Registration Rule, and we vacate the Registration Rule to the extent it applies to model aircraft. Because Taylor’s petition for review of Advisory Circular 91- 57A is untimely, that petition is denied.”
The full report on the decision can be found here.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) was quick to weigh in on the decision, and they are NOT happy. Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the AUVSI, issued the following statement on the U.S. Court of Appeals decision striking down the FAA’s rule for registering recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS):
“AUVSI is disappointed with the decision today by the U.S. Court of Appeals to reject the FAA’s rule for registering recreational unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A UAS registration system is important to promote accountability and responsibility by users of the national airspace and helps create a culture of safety that deters careless and reckless behavior. We plan to work with Congress on a legislative solution that will ensure continued accountability across the entire aviation community, both manned and unmanned.”
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