There are many people that have a problem with the our government using UAVs for surveillance. I happen to be one of them. The reasons for using them are a mile long by those agencies that want to get there hands on them... especially law enforcement. Giving law enforcement the power effectively spy on everyone 24/7 is going too far. The buck stops here.
The previous comments about protections and safety and jobs... hogwash.
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
I appreciate this position taken by Michael Huerta. The UAV approval process has followed the path of a political ramrod. Recall that their first attempt was to overrule the FAA and declare it irrelevant.
This issue is driven by the fact that taxpayers have paid for the development of what will now be a robust private UAV market. These guys can't wait and they have purchased the finest Congressmen they can get to do their bidding.
Kudos to Huerta for taking this unpopular stand. It feels odd to be cheering the FAA, but here they definitely did the right thing. I wish Austria would not talk so much....presumably he's vocal because Springfield-Beckley Municipal (KSGH) has been bidding for consideration as a drone test site for a while now. They're desperate to get it since the OH ANG left several years ago. It's now a huge airport with nothing happening. But I digress....
As a wise man once said, those who sacrifice a little liberty for an increase in safety will soon find they have neither. Thank you Huerta.