The idea jumped right off of the pages of another article written earlier this year whilst detailing the plight of the unmanned stakeholder community juxtaposed to the FAA’s Mission Statement. This latest request was made in an effort, to better discern, the roles and responsibilities of certain persons in our employ. The job descriptions will hopefully give us better insight into how to more effectively span the chasm between us, and those who hold sway on our future.


Patrick Egan

sUAS News

Apr 9, 2012

Federal Aviation Administration

National Freedom of Information Act Staff, ARC-40
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue,

Washington, DC 20591

Expedited processing requested

Dear FOIA Officer:

Pursuant to the federal Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552, I request access to and copies of the official job descriptions for the following positions:

1. Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, and

2. Manager of the Unmanned Aircraft Program Office, AFS-407.

I would like to receive the information in the following format: paper.

As a representative of the news media I am only required to pay for the direct cost of duplication after the first 100 pages. Through this request, I am gathering information on the promulgation of proposed regulations that can adversely affect the public’s interests. that is of current interest to the public because Safety of the NAS is being jeopardized due to a lack of technology application understanding of Unmanned Aircraft systems. Public privacy is also a large issue. . This information is being sought on behalf of sUAS News for dissemination to the general public.

Please waive any applicable fees. Release of the information is in the public interest because it will contribute significantly to public understanding of government operations and activities. .

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all segregated portions of otherwise exempt material. I, of course, reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any information or to deny a waiver of fees.

As I am making this request as a journalist and this information is of timely value, I would appreciate your communicating with me by telephone, rather than by mail, if you have questions regarding this request.

Please provide expedited processing of this request, which concerns a matter of urgency. As a journalist/editor, I am primarily engaged in disseminating information. The public has an urgent need for information about regulations governing this technology. They proposed rules are supposed to be printed in the “Register ” shortly. We, the public will have to live with this regulation for many years to come. As members of the stakeholder group we have a right to know the roles and responsibilities of those who are making laws that will govern the public at large . I certify that my statements concerning the need for expedited processing are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.

I look forward to your reply within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Thank you for your assistance.


Patrick Egan

Editor Americas Desk 


By Gary Mortimer

Founder and Editor of sUAS News | Gary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full-size helicopters. Prior to that, he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.