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Briefing September 2014 Issue

Briefing: September 2014

FAA Faces Criticism Over Drone Integration

The FAA has been working to meet a mandate from Congress to allow unmanned aerial systems, or drones, into the national airspace by September 2015, but drone advocates, as well as a government report, have raised questions about the agency’s progress so far. The federal Transportation Department inspector general’s office found in a July analysis that the FAA is unlikely to meet the congressional deadline, and said it is “unclear when, and if, FAA can meet its goals to safely integrate UAS.” Also in July, a federal court of appeals ruled that the FAA’s informal letters and emails ordering some drone users to stop using the devices are just warnings, and are not legally binding.

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