Private and Public Colleges Urge FAA to Allow Researchers to Use Drones

Tiny Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts took the lead on an open letter (pdf) sent to the Federal Aviation Administration last week to protest that researchers don't have access to the same hobbiest model planes that ten year olds do. Current regulations prevent commerical users and private school employees from using such UASs and although public universities can ask for permission, there are many hoops. Thus, thirty individuals from Smith, Harvard and Standford as well as the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin signed on.

I'm pleased to see colleges and universities making it clear UAS are important research and teaching tools. Despite it being an "open letter," I have yet to find the full text. I'll post it when I find it.

h/t to JC


Published Monday, July 28th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg