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Color Me Gobsmacked

By admin In UAV News

09

Nov
2018

Color Me Gobsmacked

The following hardball (and softball too) questions took three-plus weeks (and in some cases 6 plus years) for the FAA to answer as they had to ask around the various compartments, nooks and crannies of the Caerbannog. As is usually the case in the fluid world of the drone, more questions pile up as stories break and products rain from the sky. Attached so neatly at the end are some follow-up questions that were asked or became relevant while waiting for these answers.

Just so folks don’t believe I am beating my head against the wall, we are making some headway with the level playing field effort!

https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Notice/N_8900.483.pdf

Now on to the story –

All answers in blue (except for some links) are attributed to an FAA Spokesperson!

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Patrick,

Here are our answers to the remaining unanswered questions. Please attribute anything you use to the FAA or an FAA spokesperson.

Q1. Why is the UASIO unwilling to share information about office expenditures with the public?

This information is available through the FOIA process.  You have previously submitted a FOIA requesting this information and the FAA responded.  If you need further clarification to the information provided, please submit your specific request through the FOIA process. We will be happy to assist as needed.

Q2. Aren’t the taxpayers and NAS stakeholders entitled to see a breakdown what they are paying for?

All Agency budgets are posted on line ( https://www.faa.gov/about/budget/ ). Also, the FAA’s Authorizing Committees in Congress have full visibility on the Agency’s budgets and appropriations.

https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/agc/practice_areas/legislation/congressional_committees/ ) 

Q3. Progress reports would help the stakeholders and public understand the value of the UASIO, why not share?

We agree.  We routinely report on progress on our integration efforts via updates on our website.  In addition, we are actively engaged in social media and routinely share our integration efforts and accomplishments directly with the public.  Also, the FAA hosts an annual UAS Symposium where senior FAA and DOT executives engage directly with UAS stakeholders on current, near-term, and long-term integration activities and goals.

Q4. Why does the largest UAS news outlet have to go to Congress to get answers to FOIA requests?

The FOIA process applies specifically to the Executive Branch.  However, individuals, as well as media outlets, are welcome to engage their elected representatives at any time.   

Q7. Who is writing the speeches for Mr. Elwell?

Mr. Elwell’s speeches are handled by a team of employees under the supervision of the FAA’s Office of Communications. 

Q8. Why is FAA allowing ASTM to have Intel, Google, Amazon, et al sponsor F-38 meetings?

ASTM is an International Standards Developing Organization. They operate independently from the FAA, and are not funded by the FAA.  This question is probably best addressed by them (ASTM).

Q9. Does the FAA Global harmonization effort include Mr. Kenul (paid ASTM consultant) going to Europe to discuss ASTM standards with the European regulators and stakeholders?
Since ASTM operates independently from the FAA, this question is best addressed by ASTM.

Q10. Is it true that the LAANC data is taxpayer funded data that is being repackaged in apps (by 3rd parties developers) and sold back to end-users for access to the NAS?

Through the FAA UAS Data Exchange, the government and private industry share airspace data.  Under the FAA UAS Data Exchange umbrella, the agency supports the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC). This Data Exchange is managed by the FAA.  A number of companies have entered into agreement with the FAA to provide LAANC services to end users.

I also asked about the Balloon Fiesta Fiasco and am waiting back to hear about enforcement action taken on the 40 unique ID’s and if the DJI is going to share the end-user information they don’t collect with the FAA enforcement branch. As well as the video in this link wanting to know if the same VO deputizing procedure works for everyone.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifxs9iGour8

Published at Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:12:04 +0000

{articles|100|campaign}UK to hold major BVLOS trials at Manchester Airport – Operation Zenith

This demonstration of Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) will be held at Manchester Airport, where drone flights will be safely integrated with manned aviation within and near the airport. The demonstration will be live-streamed to the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Operation Zenith is the codename for a programme of live demonstrations of Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) integration in controlled airspace. It is critical to the success of the programme that we demonstrate several key characteristics that also set the demonstrations apart from other drone demos observed worldwide.

Realistic use of airspace: to date, most demos – particularly of BVLOS operations – take place in segregated airspace. In Operation Zenith, we wanted to show true integration, not doing anything different or ‘special’ for the introduction of drone traffic in an otherwise sensitive area. This is why we chose a busy, international airport.

Featuring both cooperative and uncooperative traffic: we firmly believe that no UTM solution can be considered complete without due attention being given to the uncooperative airspace picture. That’s why GuardianUTM O/S has real capabilities to integrate and connect with numerous detection systems to properly cater for the threat and challenges posed by uncooperative unmanned traffic.

Demonstrate integration with ATM: Both from a technology and an operational procedures perspective, drones have immense potential to transform lives and revolutionise businesses, but there are many issues blocking their routine and common use – particularly beyond visual line of sight and fully-automated flights.

A key reason for this is ‘separation’: the ability to ensure that a drone doesn’t cause any harm to other air traffic, especially manned aviation. Although various solutions have been proposed, these are often restricted to sensors on the drone or require participation from multiple manufacturers to adopt a common system of hardware which does not scale well or offer much room for innovation.

Many have proposed UTM solutions as the answer, but typically such proposed implementations are deliberately incomplete, avoiding tackling the actual blocking issues by focusing instead on ‘walled garden’ scenarios involving an entire vertical stack of technology.

Altitude Angel, NATS, and our partners believe that no UTM solution is complete without the ability to integrate deeply and seamlessly into existing ATM systems and processes and to propose how both cooperative and uncooperative drone traffic (and potential risks) can be detected and mitigated.

The solution being proposed here, at Manchester Airport, is designed for deployment by Air Navigation Service Providers and provides a fully configurable, standards-compliant platform for ANSP use. It is powered using GuardianUTM Airspace Management Operating System, a purpose-built platform which allows the secure data exchange between ATM systems and UTM providers.

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Published at Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:04:23 +0000

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