A Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAAPS) working group is exploring the viability of a geospatial user fee that would create a trust fund to insure the creation and maintenance the United States spatial data stores. It's not as farfetched as it might seem; there are dozens of such fees that support important government created goods and services. Our editors are joined by John Palatiello, MAPPS Executive Director and Alan Mikuni, chair of the MAPPS Working Group on Geospatial User Fees and Trust Fund.
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Last week, just as many in the United States were getting used to commercial use of unmanned aerial systems (drones) in spite of a Federal Aviation Administration ban, a judge decided that the FAA does not, in fact, have such laws on the books. For a brief moment, perhaps, the ban was lifted. But it was quickly put back in place when the FAA appealed. What is going on in the Wild West of U.S. UAS use?...