You may now donate to the Legal Fund if you wish, using the “DONATE TO LEGAL FUND” link in the menu above. Donations take place on PayPal’s secure server. You may donate by using any major credit card, any debit card (having a VISA or MasterCard logo), or by using your PayPal account. Your donation amount will not be displayed publicly. Thank you in advance to those willing to donate.
I have added some educational resources to the site. For now it covers “the basics” that all drone pilots should know. They are are available through the “Education” link in the menu at the top. If you can see anything on that page, make sure you are a DPA member, and that you are logged in. Additional educational resources will be added in the future.
There’s been an overwhelming response to the Drone Pilots Association in its first three days of existence, with over 1,000 people signing up for membership. Thanks everyone. The next step will be raising funds for litigation to appeal the FAA’s Interpretive Rulemaking.
As a side note, some have expressed an unwillingness to join solely because of the use of the word, “drone.” That’s fine. Those who think the word drone is even remotely an “issue” shouldn’t join. The issues before us have nothing to do with a word. Only the ill-informed public, fed by the media using photos of military drones incorrectly, don’t understand the difference between military drones and the type we fly. This association will always use the word drone, as will everyone else― forever.
The commenting deadline on the FAA’s Interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft has been extended to 60 days, to September 23, 2014. From the extension document:
On July 16, 2014, the Academy of Model Aeronautics submitted a request to extend the comment period by 60 days, citing the need to “educate the aeromodeling community, clarify the issues, and respond to questions regarding the impact that the interpretive rule has on various aspects of the modeling activity.” The FAA agrees that additional time for the submission of comments would be helpful, and therefore has decided to extend the comment period until September 23, 2014. The FAA expects that the additional time for comments will allow the affected community to prepare meaningful comments which will help the FAA to determine what clarifications to the interpretation may be necessary.
There are now 25,708 comments against the FAA’s unreasonable and overreaching Interpretive Rule, which it issued in direct violation of Sec. 336 of the FMRA Act of 2012. The deadline for submitting comments is tomorrow, July 25, 2014 at 11:59 PM.
If you haven’t already submitted your comment and you need some help, a very-qualified person (not me) wrote a simple guide to doing so, which is available here. It really does not take long to draft and submit a comment. Your comment should be submitted here.
I post stuff to Twitter way more frequently than I’ll be posting stuff here. So I’ve added my Twitter feed (TheDroneGuy) to the right-hand column. If you’re not a Twitter user, you don’t need to be, because it’ll show everything I tweet in realtime right here. You can scroll up and down to read ’em.
Too early to say what this means. There are no other sources at this time.
Well, I’m pleased to say that at this writing, 24 hours after this site was launched, we have 618 members. That’s very good in such a short time for a brand new entity. I thank you all for joining, for your kind words and I encourage you to spread the word so our numbers can grow.
For those who have not already seen it, the DPA launch made Forbes today. The article was authored by the Hon. John Goglia, an internationally-known aviation safety expert, nine-year NTSB Member, (as well as the only A&P mechanic ever to receive presidential appointment to the NTSB), and current contributor to both Aviation International News and Forbes. The DPA is very fortunate to have Mr Goglia as one of its several advisors.
Hello fellow drone pilots, and welcome to the Drone Pilots Association, created to represent the interests of all commercial and non-hobbyist drone pilots. We’re brand new, and this site will likely change as time goes on. For now, the only thing here is up in the menu above― Join the DPA. It’s free.