PrecisionHawk BVLOS Waiver AKA the Patrick Egan Saga – sUAS Information – The Enterprise of Drones


If it weren’t so ludicrous, it will be laughable. Connected is a FOIA request from the FAA that exhibits how an egregious regulatory oversight obtained systematically swept underneath the rug. In a nutshell, investigations had 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 stage of security that ensures security throughout the nationwide airspace system.” Arduous to do whenever you left the corporate ten months prior, no?

You possibly can have a look at the “investigation” paperwork and deduce that there have been no ramifications for jeopardizing the protection of the NAS within the air or individuals 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 get together visited the websites, seen the logbooks, or interviewed a sampling of PICs to
dispute claims or discern the protection ramifications of the waiver infractions. In any case, wasn’t information the purpose of the Pathfinder program?

So what had been the remedial actions taken? Revoke the Half 107.31 BVLOS waiver, fines, and felony prices for the supposed consultants. Was something put in “The Wonderful Grogan’s” file highlighting how his lack of due diligence endangered the FAA’s security cost? No! Although PrecisionHawk was out of compliance for months, and nobody was accountable for guaranteeing that the operations had been secure they had been issued a brand new waiver in brief order. What number of months have you ever been ready in your Half 107 favor waiver? Does this incident counsel and even show that waivers in some industrial purposes are superfluous?

At this level, anybody “settling” or paying an FAA high quality is a idiot. Sorry if that sounds harsh, however generally actuality has a manner of doing that. Between this poop present, the ham-fisted minimize and pasted up for revenue favor waivers, and people 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 unhealthy. LOL

On the native stage, the top of the FSDO didn’t learn his e-mail, missed the unique grievance whereas security violations had 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 seen the logbooks or met with the individual accountable for security listed on the waiver. She didn’t know who the proper individual was listed on the waiver and informed 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 steered one thing novel like an workplace or flying web site go to, as the protection of the NAS was hanging like a free 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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