FAA Bill Makes UAS a Commercial Reality

by Joseph V.R. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE

2 years and 11 months ago

Tags aerial mapping drones photogrammetry uas uav

On Feb. 6, the U.S. Senate passed the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act. The most significant aspects of this bill are several deadlines set for the FAA, including a full integration of UAS in the national airspace system (AS) by Sept. 30, 2015.

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Joseph Paiva

Joseph V.R. Paiva, PhD, PS, PE, is CEO of GeoLearn (www.geo-learn.com), an online education company that launched in February 2014 with courses for geospatial professionals and technicians, including PDHs for continuing education credit, where applicable. Joe is also a seminar presenter, author and consultant to various types of businesses including surveyors, engineers and attorneys as well as developers and marketers of products for the geomatics industry. joepaiva@geo-learn.com


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On February 14, 2012 Christine Grahl 2 wrote:

As an update to this story - President Obama signed the bill into law on Feb. 14.

On March 13, 2012 Eric Stone III, LSIT GISP RPP wrote:

As a Licensed Professional Photogrammetrist, and hopefully soon a PLS as well, I totally agree with the tenor of this article.  The use of small UAV’s, particularly like the Gatewing, shown but not mentioned in the article, will revolutionize the survey and photogrammetric mapping industry.  Just visit their website… we are on the cusp of a huge paradigm shift.  The importance is to keep it sane… as someone who has professionally studied both fields, I know first hand that a photogrammetrist is NOT a ground surveyor… likewise a surveyor is not an aerial stereo compilation specialist.  We need a mixture of the two if we are going to step into this new realm of precision, data acquisition.  I am earnestly looking forward to using UAV’s commercially in the US, so that we can begin to catch up with what I have already seen first hand in Europe, South America, Canada, and the Middle East.