11 August 2014
During a panel sponsored by the Air Line Pilots Association last week, regulators from the U.S., Canada, and the ICAO said that widespread use of commercial UAVs may take much longer than proponents anticipate. John Hickey, deputy associate administrator for Aviation Safety at the FAA, said, “We’re still many years away from what you would see as safe integration in the very busiest airspace. ... We will not allow [drones] to come into the system until we are completely sure they are safe.” The Journal said that these comments indicate that the FAA thought itself obligated only to formulate a plan for integration of UAVs into U.S. airspace by 2015, rather than allowing widespread use by then. (Image Credit: Wikimedia)
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