If it weren’t so ludicrous, it could be laughable. Connected is a FOIA request from the FAA that reveals how an egregious regulatory oversight bought systematically swept beneath 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 protected UAS NAS integration gone out the window?
“Adherence to the provisions of this Waiver establishes a stage of security that ensures security inside the nationwide airspace system.” Arduous to do once 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 protection of the NAS within the air or folks and property on the bottom. To my data, a phone name between Diana Cooper and Jeremy “The Wonderful Grogan” put any regulatory and security qualms to mattress. Neither occasion 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 knowledge the purpose of the Pathfinder program?
So what had been the remedial actions taken? Revoke the Half 107.31 BVLOS waiver, fines, and prison expenses 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! Despite the fact that PrecisionHawk was out of compliance for months, and nobody was in command of guaranteeing that the operations had been protected they had been issued a brand new waiver in brief order. What number of months have you ever been ready to 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 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 therapy 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 stage, the pinnacle of the FSDO didn’t learn his electronic mail, missed the unique criticism 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 seek out out it wasn’t. When the investigation bought fired up, it consisted of a telephone name. I requested the investigator if she seen the logbooks or met with the particular person in command of security listed on the waiver. She didn’t know who the precise particular person was listed on the waiver and informed me the FSDO didn’t have the assets to go away the workplace!
I requested them to reopen an investigation to find out what was occurring. I urged one thing novel like an workplace or flying website go to, as the protection of the NAS was hanging like a unfastened tooth whereas chatting on the telephone.
I’m the one one shopping for the FAA’s security of the NAS mantra.
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