Recently the Drone U team was sent a compromising email that showcased that Airmap was actively supporting the Fienstein drone federalism bill, the drone innovation act which both promote a patchwork of local drone laws. Essentially these bills would empower local authorities to have control over the airspace up to 200 feet, creating a climate of chaos for drone pilots. Should pilots support Airmap when they are attempting to take the Federal Aviations Authority away?
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- [00:23] Paul introduces Vic Moss to listeners
- [01:08] Vic enlightens listeners on Airmap’s position on the Fienstein drone federalism bill and the Lewis bill
- [01:53] Paul and Vic discuss the likely fallout of implementing the drone federalism bill and the Lewis bill
- [02:54] Vic reads out important excerpts from the Fienstein drone federalism bill; we discuss the implications of local authorities controlling airspace up to 200 feet
- [05:13] Vic draws parallels to Chicago drone laws, and points out how passing of this bill will nullify the ruling of the Singer case
- [05:54] Understanding why Airmap is a strong proponent of the Drone federalism bill and Lewis bill
- [06:52] Paul provides sources which hint towards the fact that Airmap has been paying huge fees to lobby the passage of drone federalism bill and Lewis bill
- [08:06] Vic shares details of the email sent out by an Airmap employee to Congress
- [08:51] Understanding the implications of drone innovation act
- [10:14] Paul and Vic discuss Airmap’s involvement with noflyzone.org which aimed to make residences into no fly zones
- [11:42] Paul reads out Dr. Greg McNeil’s comment from an article on unmanned-aerial.com
- [12:34] Discussing FAA’s position in the Singer versus City of Newton case
- [13:26] Paul and Vic discuss how the drone industry is reacting to Airmap’s position
- [13:49] Understanding how the possible implementation of the proposed bills will make it impossible for pilots to fly without flouting any laws
- [15:52] Vic points out the need for the drone industry to rally together when the Federal re-authorization Act comes up to vote
- [19:02] Discussing how the so called “federalism” bill goes against all tenants of federalism
- [20:50] Discussing how the passage of the proposed bills will increase state interference and set a dangerous precedent for the drone industry
- [23:06] Paul and Vic discuss how Airmap is refusing to clarify their stance and have gone under a shell after the release of this compromising email