National Public Radio’s Morning Edition had a good story yesterday on the UAV restrictions across the United States. As posted here before the FAA is looking at a pilot’s license, in daylight, and within line of sight. As the story mentions, current navigation technology goes beyond LOS flights and daytime flights with GPS navigation. This can be solved with transponders and navigation lights that are in use in normal aircraft to help with aircraft control day or night, with or without line of sight.
While the story mentions that the 6 test sites are restrictive for companies, the FAA does intend to expand to near nationwide for flight survey areas. It also mentions how some operators are operating illegally and dangerously near flight paths of major New York airports and have been charged with reckless endangerment.
When the FAA comment and debate period starts on the new regulations, industry in the United States will be able to put forth more reasonable regulations for controlled UAV flights that will also keep the skies safe for current aerospace operations.