Response swells in final days of FAA drone comment period

Edie Sellers SF Drones Examiner

After more than two weeks of barely registering a blip on theFederal Aviation Administration‘s radar, a late wave of interested members of the public have taken to the Internet and weighed in on proposed regulations on domestic use of drones.

On June 23, The FAA opened public comment for the interpretation of its Special Rule for Model Aircraft, which covers radio-controlled planes and helicopters and drones for commercial and hobby use.

The comment period launched in conjunction with the agency’s publication of an advisory notice stating that model aircraft and drones should “not interfere with manned aircraft, be flown within sight of the operator and be operated only for hobby or recreational purposes.” In addition the guidelines state that operators flying within five miles of an airport must notify the airport operator and air traffic control tower.”