If it weren’t so ludicrous, it will be laughable. Connected is a FOIA request from the FAA that reveals how an egregious regulatory oversight obtained systematically swept below the rug. In a nutshell, investigations have been closed, ignoring a 10-plus month lapse in adherence to the stipulations within the BVLOS waiver. Has the lofty aspiration of secure UAS NAS integration gone out the window?
“Adherence to the provisions of this Waiver establishes a degree of security that ensures security inside the nationwide airspace system.” Exhausting to do while you left the corporate ten months prior, no?
You may take a look at the “investigation” paperwork and deduce that there have been no ramifications for jeopardizing the security of the NAS within the air or folks and property on the bottom. To my information, a phone name between Diana Cooper and Jeremy “The Wonderful Grogan” put any regulatory and security qualms to mattress. Neither celebration visited the websites, considered the logbooks, or interviewed a sampling of PICs to
dispute claims or discern the security ramifications of the waiver infractions. In any case, wasn’t knowledge the purpose of the Pathfinder program?
So what have been the remedial actions taken? Revoke the Half 107.31 BVLOS waiver, fines, and legal expenses for the supposed specialists. Was something put in “The Wonderful Grogan’s” file highlighting how his lack of due diligence endangered the FAA’s security cost? No! Though PrecisionHawk was out of compliance for months, and nobody was in command of making certain that the operations have been secure they have been issued a brand new waiver briefly order. What number of months have you ever been ready on your Half 107 favor waiver? Does this incident recommend and even show that waivers in some industrial functions are superfluous?
At this level, anybody “settling” or paying an FAA superb is a idiot. Sorry if that sounds harsh, however typically actuality has a approach of doing that. Between this poop present, the ham-fisted reduce and pasted up for revenue favor waivers, and folk with lobbyists getting preferential remedy within the queue brings the necessity for a waiver dairy farm into query.
The FAA doesn’t like me as a result of I make them look dangerous. LOL
On the native degree, the pinnacle of the FSDO didn’t learn his e mail, missed the unique criticism whereas security violations have been transpiring, and was unaware of BVLOS operations in his FSDO jurisdiction. I needed to name again and ask how the investigation was going to search out out it wasn’t. When the investigation obtained fired up, it consisted of a cellphone name. I requested the investigator if she considered the logbooks or met with the individual in command of security listed on the waiver. She didn’t know who the best individual was listed on the waiver and advised me the FSDO didn’t have the sources to depart the workplace!
I requested them to reopen an investigation to find out what was taking place. I urged one thing novel like an workplace or flying web site go to, as the security of the NAS was hanging like a unfastened tooth whereas chatting on the cellphone.
I’m the one one shopping for the FAA’s security of the NAS mantra.
Okay, you bag-holders, that $82 billion is on the market simply ready available!
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