What has been colloquially called the FAA reauthorization has been agreed upon by the US Congress. It is properly called the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016. (“FESSA”). This Act needed to be passed because the current funding liabilities of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (“FMRA”) expire July 15,2016, but the FESSA will extend funding to September 30, 2017. U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)announced he was going to send the legislation to President Obama by July 15th. A policy staffer on the Hill sent me a copy of the bill. I’ll give you my input on the FESSA based upon my experience as a commercial pilot, flight instructor, and aviation attorney focusing on drones. The blog post will continually be updating and I will be adding a blog post plus my commentary for each of the 13 new drone sections of the FESSA.
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